Walters State Community College is now enrolling for the 31st year of Walters State Community College’s Talented and Gifted Program. TAG serves middle school students throughout East Tennessee.
The Talented and Gifted Program was one of the first programs in the state to give students the chance to take advanced classes and work with college professors. The 2013 TAG program begins Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 16, meeting each Saturday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The cost for everything, including classroom materials is $209. A $20 discount is available for families enrolling multiple children. The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, Dec. 3.
“TAG gives middle school students the chance to participate in hands-on activities and work one-on-one with our professors and professionals like veterinarians, engineers and law enforcement officials,” said Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education. TAG meets on the college’s Morristown campus.
So, what kind of classes make middle school students excited to get out of bed on Saturdays?
“Science. Science classes are so popular, everything from ‘Fungus Amongst Us’ to ‘Marine Biology.’ Forensic science classes that get students involved in solving crimes remain popular. ‘Robot Wars,’ in which students built robots and battle it out, was probably the most popular class last year,” Cardwell-Hampton said.
This year, students will also have more choices in the humanities area. German has been added to Spanish and French as foreign language options. Pottery has also been added.
“We encourage students to take a variety of classes. Students should take one class that gives them a new method for self-expression,” Cardwell-Hampton said.
One of the side benefits, Cardwell-Hampton noted, is getting a student on a college campus so early in their academic careers. Students and parents often finish TAG with any negative stereotypes erased. Both see college as more accessible and are more likely to consider college as an option in a few years.
Parents who are interested should call Cardwell-Hampton at (423) 585-2675. Online registration is also available at ws.edu/community-ed.