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Atlanta Public Schools' JROTC Instructors visit Georgia Military College

On Oct. 7, more than 30 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Instructors from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) spent the day at Georgia Military College’s (GMC) Milledgeville Campus to learn about GMC’s programs. Instructors toured the campus and received an information brief on GMC’s Corps of Cadet programs and admission requirements. They also met with members of the 138th Corps of Cadets and participated in a question and answer session with members of GMC’s Commandant Staff. The Director of Army Instruction for JROTC at Atlanta Public Schools, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Rob Rooker, referred to the visit as a “professional tour” to educate his instructors on how they can better prepare their high school students for college and eventually their career.

Rooker stated “a lot of people don’t know about GMC, so we’re educating our instructors to educate our 2800 cadets in Atlanta Public Schools.” Rooker says 26% of all high school students in Atlanta Public Schools are in the cadet corps. APS has 12 programs with 2800 cadets who participate in ceremonies, community service, raider and drill teams. APS cadets Sade Suggs and Ellonte Johnson were impressed with their visit and are planning to attend Georgia Military College once they graduate high school.

“My plan is to complete two-years at GMC, then attend the University of North Georgia, and become a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps,” said Ellonte Johnson, 11th grade student at D.M. Therrell High School.

“I love how GMC’s students are active in the school and how academics is the main priority here,” said Sade Suggs, 12th grade student at Coretta Scott King Women’s Leadership Academy. “My goal is to attend GMC through the Early Commissioning Program and receive my associate’s degree.”