Celebrate International Women’s Day with a Gift of Gratitude

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For more than a century, March 8 has been the day when people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day, a time to recognize the achievements and contributions made by women on both a personal and professional level. When Georgia Military College first opened its doors in 1879, women were among the inaugural group of students to attend classes. Nearly one hundred and forty years later, women continue to advance their educations here at GMC, making up 62 percent of our Junior College student population.

We observe International Women’s Day by showing support and fully acknowledging all of the women at GMC – administrators, faculty, staff, cadets, and students – past and present, who have helped make our Prep School, Junior College, and Corps of Cadets what it is today. We applaud their countless contributions and numerous successes here at GMC today – and every day.

One way we can all celebrate International Women’s Day is to show our personal gratitude to the women who have made the greatest differences and had the most impact in our own lives – at home, at school, and at work. The very roots of character development, moral principles, ethics, and values often begin by having women in our lives who serve as ideal role models. It can be a mother, stepmother, aunt, sister, cousin, friend, supervisor, co-worker, or teacher.

Today, I encourage everyone in our GMC Family to find a way to celebrate International Women’s Day in your own unique way. Show your gratitude by acknowledging contributions and saying thank you. Give back with gratitude.

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with the timeless wisdom of George Washington

george-washingtonjpg-b830f00c8c20ec36The third Monday in February – Presidents’ Day, also observed as Washington’s Birthday – has become a day to honor and celebrate not only the first president, but all of the presidents of our great nation, past and present. Holidays have a way of inspiring long-lasting traditions. In 1896, the U.S. Senate began observing George Washington’s birthday by reading the first president’s farewell address.

The document was written in September 1796, but was never delivered by Washington. Instead it was sent to newspapers across the country to be read by citizens of the then-fledgling nation. Among the nuggets of wisdom expressed in his famed farewell address, Washington states: “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.”

In February 1862, the sixteenth U.S. president, President Abraham Lincoln, issued a proclamation encouraging every citizen of the United States to gather in earnest on February 22 to celebrate Washington’s birthday by listening to or reading aloud the words of the first president’s “immortal Farewell Address.” The document was read in the U.S. Senate on February 22, 1862 and again in 1888. The reading of Washington’s farewell address in the Senate became an annual tradition in 1896.

Every year during a legislative session in late February, a member of the Senate is appointed to read the historic document, written as an open letter addressed to the “people of the United States.” The political parties alternate years to share the honor of reading the rather lengthy document. After reading the farewell address out loud, the appointed senator participates in another 100-plus-year-old tradition, using a leather-bound journal to write a note of the occasion and to sign their name.

In one such note written by Senator Paula Hawkins in 1985, she observes that more than a century later, Washington’s “message remains the same – Duty – Honor – Country.” Those three powerful words used to describe the first U.S. president’s overall message in his farewell speech – Duty. Honor. Country. – also make up Georgia Military College’s core values.

GMC core values established to uphold and instill in students personal and professional qualities such as responsibility, honesty, integrity – as well as loyalty to country – just as Washington stresses in his farewell address written more than 200 years ago. Core values grounded in character and placed at the center of GMC’s mission and purpose.

Isn’t it remarkable that the character-driven values and ideal qualities Washington thought were vital to build our great nation upon more than two centuries ago are still valued and taught today – including here at GMC? Our country’s first president knew that what’s good for our country is also good for the community, for the character – and for the classroom.

President’s Report 2017-2018

prez report cover (002)_editedI couldn’t be more proud of our first elementary school classes in 80 years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share with our young people the treasured values of Georgia Military College.

It’s amazing to look back at the last five years and see how much GMC has grown in a short amount of time. Since 2013, we’ve opened five new college campuses in Fayetteville, Dublin, Eastman, Albany, and Zebulon as well as adding three bachelor’s degree programs which have already produced 15 four-year college graduates. We are creating educational opportunity across the state of Georgia, and students are seizing that opportunity. Today, students from 92 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties attend classes at one of our GMC campuses.

To create more educational opportunities in our Prep School, we’ve broken ground on an Annex to the Prep School. This Annex will provide students with computer labs, reading and testing rooms, a multipurpose room, a combined cafeteria and auditorium, and a 1,428-square-foot visual arts studio. The Annex will be an invaluable resource where students will discover their own creativity and fall in love with the arts. They’ll discover the endless potential of their own intellect and that hard work and dedication pay great dividends.

Your support for GMC has been invaluable! So much of the success of the last few years was made possible by the generosity of our outstanding GMC Family, our wonderful alumni and friends. We’re in the business of creating opportunities and expanding possibilities, and without your support, we could never have achieved so much success in so short a time. We can’t thank you enough for helping to brighten the future and unlock the potential of so many young people.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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President’s Report 2016-2017

1617I am excited to share with you great news about Georgia Military College and the positive impact we are having across the state of Georgia, both in our College program and in our Preparatory School (grades 6-12).

As you know, GMC is an open admissions institution – we accept anyone into our college with a high school diploma or a GED. Striving to keep tuition affordable, our focus is on student success, making education more accessible and keeping operating costs as low as possible. We are fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and were reaffirmed for another ten years, in June 2017, without a single finding, recommendation, or observation; a rare, positive achievement.

We offer 24 Associate degree programs, as well as three Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs in Business Management, Supervision and Management, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. GMC developed these three BAS degree programs to provide a pathway for technical college graduates who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to obtain their four-year degree. We are excited that our first two students from the Technical College System of Georgia received their four-year degrees this fall!

We offer non-traditional alternatives to facilitate a diverse student body, which is an important objective in the continued execution of GMC’s mission. We are also proud to be one of only four Military Junior Colleges in the nation, with select graduates being commissioned as U.S. Army officers in a federally approved two-year early commissioning program.

In addition to the success of our College, our Preparatory School continues to excel in meeting the mission of “developing the intellect and elevating the character” of the students we serve. We are a public, independent school serving not only our home of Baldwin County, but also nine other surrounding counties. For over 90 continuous years, our Prep School has been accredited by AdvancEd/SACS/CASI with our faculty and administration all holding valid certificates issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The unique combination of our college-preparatory academic program, our leadership development through JROTC, our emphasis on “Character Above All” for every student, and our side range of extra-curricular activities from athletics to military to fine arts to community service enables us to continue a 138-year tradition of graduating educated, contributing citizens who are prepared to make a difference in our world.

We are extremely grateful for your support of Georgia Military College as we continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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President’s Report 2015-2016

On15-16e opportunity can be the difference between a life that changes the world and a life unused. Undiscovered talent, unrealized potential, and unchallenged minds are all tragedies that can be averted by one opportunity. At GMC, we strive to create opportunities. Within the walls of our Junior College and Prep School, talents are discovered, potential is unlocked, and minds are challenged.

We inspire students to expand their worlds and we set them on a path to become contributing members of society.

We’ve dedicated every institutional gear and cog to students success, and we’re seeing the results. Over the last year, we’ve been able to raise our 3 year graduation rate, our fall-to-fall retention rate, and we’ve raised the number of degrees awarded to our students by 18 percent!

On top of that, enrollment in our online campus has grown by 48 percent. That means we’re providing educational opportunities to students in rural areas, non-traditional students, and home bound students that 20 years ago nobody would have dreamed possible.

I’m so proud of what our faculty, staff, and leadership have accomplished in such a short time because I know what’s at stake. Young people have big dreams, and a strong education is key to realizing those dreams. “That’s why we’ve signed 43 articulation agreements with top-notch colleges and universities, 39 of them with guaranteed admission, to make sure that students who start here at GMC are able to go anywhere. Start Here… Go Anywhere!”

Our dual enrollment program has grown by 300 percent, creating countless opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. This year alone, we have over 1,350 high school students who have taken on the academic challenge of our college classrooms and are doing so with great success.

GMC also enrolled 38 students in our brand new B.A.S. program. Our first ever bachelor’s degree program.

And there are moments here at GMC that can’t be measured by statistics. On Patriot Day, our prep school students chalked the campus walkways with the names of 10,000 men and women who died in the September 11 attacks and the War on Terror. Days like that don’t change the numbers on a balance sheet, but they make me proud to be part of a school that still teaches lessons about sacrifice and love of country – a school where values like duty, honor, and country will never be replaced with weaker, more convenient values that ask less of our students.

Of course, we could not have done any of this without you – we are so thankful for your generosity! From the classroom to the athletic field to our cadet corps, you’re providing opportunities that couldn’t have existed without you, and there’s no limit to how far our students might run with those opportunities. After all, curing a disease begins with a chemistry class and winning a medal of honor begins with a profound love of country, both of which can be found on our campus alongside countless other paths for the future.

And even as we celebrate the opportunities we created yesterday and today, we keep clear eyes on the ones, which together, we’ll create tomorrow.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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