GGC’s James selected for Georgia Partnership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program

Laura James

Laura James 

Laura James, associate vice president of Academic & Student Affairs Operations at Georgia Gwinnett College is one of 21 Fellows selected for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s sixth Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).  Fellows will spend nine months developing a broadened understanding of the policy process within the multifaceted context of education and related issues.
 
Conducted in 16 states, EPFP is a national, professional development program providing potential leaders with knowledge and networks to advance core issues of education policy. Ultimately, the EPFP goal is to “improve the chances of children and youth to succeed.”
 
“We committed to bringing this program here nine years ago and after graduating our fifth cohort in June, it’s easy to say we made the right decision,” said Dr. Steve Dolinger, Georgia Partnership president. “The level of instruction and networking provides an unmatched opportunity to build professional educational policy expertise that will long serve the state.”  Dolinger added that the program is another puzzle piece in the state’s on-going process to be a national leader in education.  
 
Fellows will attend monthly colloquiums led by education experts and covering subjects such as “Political and Demographic Landscape of Georgia: Strategic Leadership in a Dynamic Policy Environment,” and “Why Public Education:  How Does the U.S. Educational System Compare to that of Other Countries?”  Fellows also will attend a national policy seminar in Washington, DC.
 
“By participating in EPFP, Fellows get the opportunity to build their own leadership skills and build relationships with other leaders who are interested in education and education policy,” said Dr. Dana Rickman, program coordinator and Partnership Policy and Research director. “Reforming our system will take a coordinated effort from leaders both inside and outside education, such as business and philanthropy.  The EPFP fosters these networks and relationships to really help move education policy forward.”
 
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