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Challenge Your Student with TAG!
November 15, 2017

Walters State Community College is now enrolling for the 2018 Talented and Gifted Program. The program offers students in grades 5 through 8 an enriched curriculum, with popular subjects and plenty of “hands on” opportunities.
“TAG gives students the unique chance to choose four classes that interest them and focus on just those classes. The classes are designed to be fun and challenging for this age group while also incorporating academic standards,” said Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of youth programs at the college’s Center for Workforce Training.
Among the most popular classes are archery, biology, chemistry, crime scene investigation, marine biology, pottery, movie production, ooey gooey shocking science and web design. Foreign languages and sign language is also popular, as are classes centered in the arts like drawing, acting, pottery and creative writing. Students choose two classes and classes are filled on first come, first serve basis. 
“I encourage parents to complete and submit the package as soon as possible so the students have the best chance of getting their top choices in classes. We ask for the top six classes, so we can get everyone in a class that interests them,” Cardwell-Hampton said. 
Students come from over 35 public schools, private schools, and homeschool associations. TAG began in 1982 and was one of the first programs in the state providing an enrichment program for talented and gifted students. 
“While the classes are obviously the star attraction of TAG, students also enjoy being on a college campus and interacting with professors and students,” Cardwell-Hampton said.
TAG meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 through Feb. 3. The makeup date in case a session is cancelled because of weather is Feb. 10. The cost is $199 on or before Dec. 1. After Dec. 1, the cost increases to $219.

TAG packets have been sent home to parents. If you do not receive a packet or would like more information, please contact your child’s teacher or Cardwell-Hampton at 423-585-2675 or Nicole.Cardwell-Hampton@ws.edu.