Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce was named as a Fall 2017 College Access Grant winner. The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education selected six chambers of commerce winners. These $3,000 mini-grants to local chambers of commerce are granted to leverage their visibility, voice, and influence in efforts to recruit more high school graduates – especially low-income – to enroll in college and encourage more adults to return to college.
A partnership between Worth County Schools, the Sylvester-Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education allowed for the organization of the Worth County High School 9th Grade Pinning Ceremony. This special tradition includes a guest speaker giving words of encouragement for students and administration. This year's guest speaker was former JROTC lead instructor, LTC Brian Lassetter.
The ceremony includes students receiving a gold pin bearing the school crest and each student signing a white graduation gown identified with their graduation year. These acts signify the students' commitment to staying the course to graduate and earn their high school diploma.
Karen Rackley, president/CEO of the Sylvester-Worth Chamber of Commerce said, “The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber understands the importance of an educated community and the impact that education has on Economic Development. We are continuously working to find ways to support our school system. We feel the College Access Grant allows us a great opportunity to partner with our school system and gives us one more tool in our toolbox to help achieve success.”