Local 8th Graders Get Familiar With Majors

A series of informational meetings are being held this week to introduce the "majors" program to Bay County school parents and eighth graders.

Beginning with next fall, all incoming ninth graders will be selecting a major area of interest that will compliment their regular course requirements for graduation.

In order to get students familiar with this new program, three morning meetings are being held for Bay County eighth graders. Tuesday was the first. The next two will be Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Also, a parent night will be held on Thursday 6 p.m. All the meetings will take place at Gulf Coast Community College in the Billy Harrison Field House.

The morning meetings are designed for eighth graders, but if parents are unable to attend parent night, they are invited to the morning sessions.

The "majors" program is all part of the A-Plus-Plus Bill that was passed by the state legislature. Students will take one class each year that will work toward an interest they might pursue in college. This new initiative is intended to provide all students with an opportunity to learn more about future professions, to explore individual interests, and to focus on courses needed for accomplishing these goals.

Choices in majors include aerospace and aviation, biotechnology, and several arts and vocational programs.

Bay County's major’s list only includes subjects that can be taught without hiring any new teachers. Students could study courses at others schools, if their school doesn't offer something in their field, which could pose overcrowding issues.

If you would like additional information on these meetings or the majors program, you can call Susie McWhorter at 872-4547, or Carla Lovett at 872-4356.