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Coding School, Data Science Boot Camps Offered in Peachtree Corners

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After success of first coding boot camp, three additional classes to be offered.

Due to the expanded demand for computer coding skills and those needed to analyze and solve complex data analytics and visualization problems, the city of Peachtree Corners, in collaboration with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), will again offer classes at Prototype Prime, the startup incubator located in Technology Park Atlanta.

Because there was such a high interest in the first computer coding boot camp that began in January, GTPE is offering a second 24-week coding boot camp to begin in May. Additionally, two data science boot camps will be offered beginning in August.  

“Our first coding boot camp was a tremendous success,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “The class was full weeks before it began, and we had a waiting list of potential students who wanted to register. This was a good problem to have, and we are delighted that we’re able to work with Georgia Tech again to offer not only coding classes, but data science and analytics as well.”

Details on the Classes:

Coding Boot Camp: Peachtree Corners Begins May 28, 2019 – 24 weeks

Web development is a high-growth career track, and the Georgia Tech Coding Boot Camp teaches students the specialized skills to tap into this industry. Through a fast-paced, immersive curriculum, students learn the skills needed to become proficient in front-end and back-end technologies.

The classes cover front-end and back-end technologies. Students graduate with the skills needed to become a full-stack web developer. Classes will be held three days a week and taught at Prototype Prime, the city’s startup incubator.

Two Data Science Boot Camps: Peachtree Corners Begins 8/5/19 and 8/6/19 – 24 weeks

With the rise of data in today’s economy, Georgia Tech’s program focuses on teaching learners the practical and technical skills needed to analyze and solve complex data analytics and visualization problems.

This part-time program covers a broad array of technologies including Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau, and more over the course of 24 intensive weeks. Students learn from skilled instructors and gain real-world experience by collaborating with peers on complex projects and building a comprehensive portfolio.

The 24-week class meets three days a week and will be taught at two locations, Prototype Prime and the Community Chest room at Peachtree Corners City Hall.To enroll, or for additional information on the Georgia Tech Professional Education coding boot camps, please visit the Georgia Tech Professional Education website or call 404-328-7187.

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Gwinnett County Health and Human Services Offers Family Fun and Low-Cost Immunizations

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Gwinnett County Health and Human Services is helping families get ready for the back-to-school season with Health Hero Day at OneStop Norcross Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. until noon.

The Gwinnett Health Department will offer low-cost immunizations and health screenings, and Gwinnett County Public Schools will provide early learning and education tools. Free activities include a kid zone play area, family resources and giveaways. A WIC farmers market will be onsite for those looking for healthy options.

“We are pleased to host Health Hero Day just in time for school registration,” said Health and Human Services Division Director Regina Miller. “We are thankful for our many partners who are dedicated to the health and well-being of our community.”

The Gwinnett County Health Department will be providing immunizations and health screenings as required by Gwinnett County Public Schools. “It can be difficult for parents and children to fulfill this requirement during the weekday so we are excited to provide this opportunity on a day that may be more convenient for them,” said Miller. “We are expecting a good turnout at the Health Hero Day event and encourage people to come early to ensure they receive their immunizations and screenings.”

OneStop Norcross is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross. You can find more information at www.GwinnettHumanServices.com.

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World-Class Education

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When a first grade class at Peachtree Elementary School noticed that a storm drain at their school was covered with debris, they took action and cleared it to protect the environment. (Courtesy of Peachtree Elementary School.)

IB Programme takes local schools to an international level

Several Gwinnett Public Schools in Peachtree Corners offer an innovative, challenging program to eligible students — the prestigious International Baccalaureate® (IB) Programme. The Programme is respected world-wide and has become a factor in drawing corporate interest and talent to the area.

Developed in 1968, the IB Programme was designed to establish preparatory school standards recognized by European universities and to prepare students for higher-level studies. The program has been in authorized American schools since 1980.

What’s different about the program is that it promotes inquiry and encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions. And it’s cohesive. Courses in the IB Programme don’t stand alone; critical thinking builds between subjects and looks at the whole curriculum. This approach encourages students to consider subjects in local, national and global contexts.

Peachtree Elementary School was authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) school in May 2010. It was one of the first public elementary schools to achieve authorization in Georgia.

Brian Ginley, IB Coordinator at Peachtree Elementary, explained that the IB Programme is a framework for organizing curriculum and instructional practices. Designed for students aged 3-12, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they investigate local and global issues.

“It’s not a specific curriculum,” he said. “Peachtree Elementary organizes the Gwinnett County Academic Knowledge and Skills in transdisciplinary units that are conceptually based. The PYP promotes the use of inquiry as an instructional tool to foster student questioning and taking ownership of their learning.”

Earning the authorization created a continuum from Peachtree Elementary to the Middle Years Programme at Pinckneyville Middle School and Norcross High School, and the Diploma Programme at Norcross High School. That means students can attend classes in the IB Programme from Kindergarten through 12th grade to earn an IB diploma, which is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities.

IB students at Norcross High School (Math Class) Courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Sloan Roach, Gwinnett County Public Schools Executive Director of Communication and Media Relations, said that Norcross High School began offering the IB Programme in 1999 as a means of providing additional rigor to its students.

“As a leading International Baccalaureate school, Norcross High offers the Diploma Programme and Middle Years Programme,” Roach explained. “Both Pinckneyville and Summerour middle schools participate in the Middle Years Programme and Peachtree Elementary offers the Primary Years Programme, providing a K-12 IB opportunity for students in the Norcross Cluster.” The school system also offers IB opportunities in the Shiloh Cluster, she added.

Students at Norcross High School who participate in the IB Programme throughout their school experience have an extremely high success rate when compared to the state, national and world passage rates, according to Roach. “At Norcross in May 2018, 95% of our students received a passing score on IB exams compared to 61% in Georgia, 69% in the U.S. and 78% in the world,” she said.

Norcross High Principal Will Bishop and his IB team shared their insights. They said that students who have been through the IB Programme, when they return from college, report how well prepared they are compared to their classmates, even those who are going to elite colleges.

“They believe they’re getting a top-notch education at Norcross High School,” they said. “Like the students, parents feel that their children are well prepared to perform at top-level colleges. They believe critical thinking applies to life beyond school.”

And what do the teachers think about the IB program? Teachers enjoy the inquiry approach to learning. “I make the doing easy, but the thinking hard,” said teacher Natalie Dixon.

The community at large benefits, too. As sophomores, Norcross High students have the opportunity to complete a personal project. In fact, several projects have turned into events that improve local communities, such as the Blue Devil Run.

The IB Programme PYP also encourages elementary school students to take action and make positive differences. Ginley gave an example from one of Peachtree Elementary’s first-grade classes.

“This spring, during a recess, the students observed that the storm drain was covered by debris from a recent rain. They wondered if this might have a negative effect on animals,” he said. “The students took action by clearing the debris from the storm drain. This is just one example of our students looking to make Peachtree Elementary and our world a better place for all.” ■

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Meet the Mayors ….a panel discussion

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With Gwinnett poised for major economic development in the coming years, business owners in the Southwest sector of the County are curious about local impact and upcoming opportunities.

On July 12, 2019, from 7:30am – 9:00am at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting agenda will highlight a panel discussion with the mayors of Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners.

The discussion is intended as an opportunity for area stakeholders to learn how their municipal leaders are addressing concerns and representing economic interests at the local, County and metro levels.

Mayor Lois Salter (Berkeley Lake), Mayor Craig Newton (Norcross) and Mayor Mike Mason (Peachtree Corners) represent cities touting both one of the biggest and smallest populations in Gwinnett, as well one of the County’s newest and oldest incorporated municipalities.

The panel will address concerns that cross town boundaries and potentially impact the area’s overall economic health in 2019 and beyond. Mr. Jim Woods will moderate the discussion, posing pre-submitted questions as well as local- and County-level questions from the audience. “

This is a great opportunity for our audience to be engaged in the direction being taken by our community,” said Southwest Gwinnett Chamber chairman Weare Gratwick.

Reservations are recommended for this event and should be made no later than noon on Thursday, July 11. (ticket purchases at the door are subject to availability of seating.) To register, visit www.southwestgwinnettchamber.com or email Beth Coffey at bcoffey@southwestgwinnettchamber.org.

ABOUT THE SOUTHWEST GWINNETT CHAMBER: The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners. The organization’s broad objectives include (but are not limited to) increasing job opportunities and economic prosperity in the Southwest sector of Gwinnett County, providing a forum for addressing issues of importance to the area, and to represent the economic interests of these three communities at County and regional levels.

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