Embark News Campaign 38

Embark Georgia: Updates and Announcements (Don't forget to visit our website for additional news)

The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and K-12 education.

R.I.S.E at South Georgia State College

South Georgia State College is one of the newest colleges in the state of Georgia, and is already making strides to provide aid to homeless and foster students. Located in Douglass and Waycross Georgia, the school serves approximately 2,500 students from across the country.


On July 16th, four representatives from South Georgia State College attended the Embark Designated Points of Contact (DPOC) meeting in Macon. After getting very helpful information and great ideas from colleagues from across the state, they had already decided on a name for the program and developed an action plan by the time they got back to campus.


R.I.S.E., or Retention Involves Student Empowerment, will serve students on both the Douglas and Waycross campuses.  Faculty and staff members from both campuses brought items to Convocation to help stock our closet/pantry, which is located upstairs from the Counseling and Disability Services Offices.  The DPOC, Annette Nation, has already had the opportunity to present on R.I.S.E. to the faculty and the President’s Cabinet.


Wasting no time, they were able to serve five students (both residential and commuter students) during the first week of school.  Along with the basic provisions, several of the students received guidance through the admissions and financial aid process and referrals for health care issues.


They are looking forward to expanding the program and helping more SGSC Hawks soar to graduation!

Guilt is one of the biggest struggles first generation college students face

For first generation college students, their decisions to enter college may be seen as a break in the family system, rather than a way to a better life. As a result many first generation college students experience breakaway guilt. To read the full article click here.

Textbook Affordability

Textbooks are a major expense college students face. Check out how some schools have developed programs to help students alleviate that cost here.


FAFSA Reform

Students will now be able to submit their FAFSA forms using tax information from the prior year. Read about all the details and how this will help low income students here.

College Scorecard

This week President Obama released his College Scorecard rating system. Prospective students will be not only see the typical information such as graduation rates and cost, but they will also get to see information such as average earnings from the students after graduation. Find out all the details of Obama's new College Scorecard here.

Printable version for the  Designated Points of Contacts

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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

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