Four Coweta County high school students from the Central Educational Center participated in a video shoot this week with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at the Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Atlanta studios.
The short video will be used state-wide by the Lt. Governor’s office and others to encourage and promote college and career academies in the state of Georgia. Coweta’s Central Educational Center (CEC) charter school was the first such school in Georgia, and has served as a model for the 25-plus other Georgia communities that have developed their own academies.
On Wednesday, January 23, Coweta students Amber Rogers, Leah Gailliot, Josh Bruce, and Brittany Clifton met Cagle at the Georgia Public Broadcasting to shoot the video, and engage in a highly unique learning opportunity. The students – all a part of CEC’s Work-Based Learning Program – are veterans of CEC Video Productions Director Michael Britt’s class, and work with NuLink Digital and other organizations on video projects.
“I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the set,” said Northgate High School senior Leah Gailliot. “I was nervous and excited at the same time,”
“The set was really surprising. I had never seen so much green before,” said Newnan High School Junior Brittany Clifton.
Lt. Governor Cagle was asked to star in the college and career academy video production, and the students were able to experience the entirety of the shoot, as well as participate in it. During the filming, Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center, asked the students to briefly describe what impact CEC has had on each team member. The student’s answers ranged from hands-on experience, to career choices, relevance, and equal opportunity.
After the Lt. Governor had finished his video, the students were able to see the rest of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s facility. “I enjoyed watching the video being filmed, but the behind the scene tour was my favorite part,” said Newnan High School Junior Clifton.
“I was kind of left speechless when they asked us if we had any questions after the tour, and I just couldn’t think of one to ask,” said East Coweta junior Josh Bruce.
The team members received a wonderful learning experience outside of the classroom. The students all in agreed that none of this would be possible if Newnan did not have a college and career academy like CEC.
“I don’t think I would be as passionate as I am about learning and education if it wasn’t for CEC,” Newnan High School senior Amber Rogers said. “I definitely owe a lot of my success that I have at a young age to Central Educational Center.”
“They did a great job,” said instructor Michael Britt, who was also pleased for his students for another reason. “They were able to confirm that the practices and equipment they are exposed to at CEC are the same quality and same level at a professional studio such as Georgia Public Broadcasting.” (Newnan High School senior Amber Rogers contributed to this release)
PHOTO: Four students from the Central Educational Center participated in a video shoot this week with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at the Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Atlanta studios, highlighting Georgia’s College and Career Academies. From left to right are Brittany Clifton, Josh Bruce, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Amber Rogers, and Leah Gailliot.