Students see variety of options at PROBE
by Mark Andrews
Sep 13, 2012 | 2633 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Denver Harris, a junior at Excel Christian Academy, learns about Mississippi State University from admissions representative Naron Remillard. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Students across Bartow County had the opportunity to speak with 90 colleges at the Clarence Brown Conference Center Wednesday during the Georgia Education Articulation Committee’s PROBE fair.

“We have everything from local colleges and universities, technical schools, anything all the way to schools in the northeast, but it’s mostly schools in the southeastern region who are represented now,” Executive Director of the Etowah Scholarship Foundation Paige Miller said.

According to, “for [colleges to participate] in PROBE, participants must be approved by GEAC. Participation is restricted to Georgia-based, non-profit, Southern Association of College and Schools accredited, post-secondary institutions, colleges, universities, and technical institutions.

“Out-of-state post-secondary institutions will also be eligible to participate in PROBE if they are non-profit institutions accredited by the Commission on Colleges of one of the six regional accrediting agencies (New England, Middle States, North Central, Northwest, Southern, or Western association of Colleges and Schools).”

Institutions like Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Highlands College, Shorter University and Berry College were present as well as outside institutions, like Queens University of Charlotte and Syracuse University.

“It’s an opportunity for [students] to get some information if they haven’t decided which school to go to as well as talk on more of an individual basis with a college they’ve chosen or a select three to five colleges they’ve narrowed it down to,” Miller said.

Adairsville High School seniors Zach Sherwood and Jordan Rakestraw said they enjoyed having access to multiple colleges at a central location.

“We’ve been going around talking to different colleges about your majors, what you want to do and what programs they have to offer,” Sherwood said.

As a catcher for the AHS baseball team, Sherwood said he wants to take his passion on the field “to the next level” by playing in college while possibly earning a criminal justice degree and eventually serving the Department of Natural Resources.

“[The probe fair] really helped me a lot to get my name out there for baseball and it gave me a bunch of options for which college I’d like to go to,” Sherwood said.

Rakestraw said she is interested in two very different majors — pharmacy or social work.

“I’ve already been looking at the University of Georgia and Mercer [University], and just being able to get more information really helped a lot,” Rakestraw said.