September 15, 2015 – Middle Georgia students have the opportunity to earn college credits while completing their high school diplomas at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). On August 8, families gathered in the Pettigrew Center at FVSU to participate in the orientation for the university’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) program, which allows young people to earn credits toward completion of their college degrees, free of charge.
Before a full house, Dr. Morteza Sadri, director of the university’s Public Service Center, welcomed parents and students to the program.
In April 2009, the Georgia legislature first signed the Move on When Ready Act, or House Bill 149, into law as a dual enrollment opportunity for students to receive high school and college credit simultaneously while still enrolled in high school. The program allowed 11th and 12th grade students to complete 1-2 years of college free of charge. Participants in the program could take up to 15 credit hours per semester. This year, the Georgia legislature modified the program, changing the residency requirements to allow all Georgia high school and home schooled students to participate and extending the benefits of the program to 9th and 10th graders.
In addition to learning about the MOWR program, students also heard from representatives from offices throughout the campus so that they could be exposed to the basics of college life. They heard from Campus Security, to receive information about parking, Information Technology, which instructed them on navigating online, and the Student Success Center, which delivered information on advising and counseling.
Dr. Sadri provided additional success tips for students, encouraging them to begin their professional lives now, by building their professional resumes. Sadri, who is Iranian-American, encouraged students to learn a second language, especially Spanish or Chinese, to help distinguish themselves from their peers when searching for a job.
At the end of the session, students received materials related to the MOWR programs.
For details about MOWR, contact Dr. Morteza Sadri at firstname.lastname@example.org.