North Cobb High School
|Summer Opportunity in North Georgia
|updated December 14, 2010
|Public Service & Continuing Education
The Federal Service Foreign Language Academy
For high school students interested in exploring careers in the federal government.
If you are interested in a job in the FBI, US State Department, CIA, Homeland Defense, or as an officer in the US Armed Forces after you graduate from college, this academy is for you. These organizations and many others are seeking employees who have critical foreign language and culture skills. Knowledge of a critical foreign language will set you apart from the field of candidates seeking jobs in the federal government. In the academy, you will learn the fundamentals of Arabic, Chinese, or Russian, while earning Georgia high school course credit.
"The compelling changes in our economy, the dawning of the information age, and the horrible events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath have created an unprecedented need to focus on international knowledge and skills. To solve most of the major problems facing our country in the 21st Century requires every young person to learn more about other world regions, cultures and languages."
- Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State
For twenty-one consecutive days, you will be immersed in the language and culture in an academic environment hosted by North Georgia College & State University in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education. You will live and dine on campus as you complete the program which entails general academic study to help you prepare for a possible internationally-oriented career in federal government, and a physical fitness component designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
For career exploration purposes, guest speakers from federal agencies like US Department of State, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security will present information on careers in their specialties.
At the end of our three-week course, you will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of your target language of study, a grasp of general cultural norms, and a jump start in preparing for college level foreign language or international affairs education leading toward a potential career in federal service.
You will live in a residence hall in the same vicinity as your fellow students who are learning the same language. This facilitates group study and practice in the language when class is not in session. As this is an intensive language course in an immersion setting, you will be expected to communicate in your target language as much as possible. The university will provide a tutor and counselor to assist with after hours study and supervision of students in the academy. The classes will be taught by qualified and certified high school foreign language teachers. One Georgia high school unit of academic credit will be awarded upon for successful achievement of first year Arabic, Chinese or Russian proficiency levels as set forth in the Georgia Performance Standards.
North Georgia College & State University Scenic Campus in Dahlonega, GA
What are the dates?
First session: 12 June - 1 July 2011
Second session: 10 - 29 July 2011
Am I eligible to participate?
To participate, you:
(1) must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school. The academy is open to Georgia residents as well as out-of-state students.
(2) must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in your college-preparatory courses (does not include electives such as band, chorus, technical courses, etc.).
(3) must be interested in exploring federal service careers or international affairs.
(4) must be in good physical and athletic condition. This means you must be able to run at least a mile in 9 minutes or less, and be capable of doing push-ups, sit-ups, and other calisthenic exercises for a duration of 30 minutes or more.
(5) must plan to attend a 4-year university after high school.
(6) must be a legal resident of the United States or an international student living in a country outside the US
Notes: (1) Special consideration will be given to those students who have previously taken one year of any foreign language, with a grade of B or higher, during their high school career.
(2) If you have already taken your target language in high school (Arabic, Chinese or Russian), then you should apply to learn another language that you have not previously taken. The academy only teaches beginning-level courses.
Student Learning Arabic
at North Georgia
Student Learning Chinese
at North Georgia
You Will Live in a New Residence Hall
"Patriot Hall" (Depicted Above)
Who teaches the classes?
Courses will be taught by certified Georgia teachers with advanced to superior proficiency using the first-year World Language Georgia Performance Standards. Tutors will be assigned to each class to assist with learning, study and practice.
What will it cost?
Due to special funding arrangements available for Summer 2011 only, the cost of the program is only $300. This includes tuition, room, meals and book. This is a one-time funding arrangement and is a tremendous value. Costs for subsequent summer terms are anticipated to be in the range of $1,800-$2,000.
How and when do I apply?
The academy is limited to 16 students per language per three-week session. Therefore, admission to the academy will be competitive. Application window closes April 1st. After the application window closes, we will select and notify the participants. If you are accepted into the program, we will mail you a letter and acceptance packet that explains the details of registering and paying for the program. If you wish to apply, please fill out the on-line form below:
Federal Service Foreign Language Academy Application Form
How and when do I pay?
After you have been accepted to the program, you may pay by credit card, personal check or cash. Detailed instructions will be provided with your registration packet. Payment will be due before 25 May 2011.
When and where do I check in, and what do I bring?
Check-in will be in Patriot Hall residence hall (see campus map) on the campus of North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega. Check-in time is 1500-1700 (3 -5 PM) on Sunday, 12 June for the first session and the same time on Sunday, 10 July for the second session.
Items you should bring are in this document.
Will I have any time off?
Because this is a total immersion model, it is a seven-day-per-week program. You will live and study on campus for 21 consecutive days. There will be some scheduled time off during which you may have visitors or leave campus for a few hours. Most of your out-of-class time; however, will be devoted to individual and group study and practice in your target language.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
For questions concerning content questions, please e-mail Dr. John Wilson, email@example.com
For questions about eligibility, please e-mail: Mr. Keith Antonia at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about check-in or any other administrative or logistical needs, please e-mail: Ms. Deb Adams at email@example.com or call 706 867-2815
Typical daily schedule
6:00 AM Wake up
6:30 AM Physical education
7:30 AM Showers, personal hygiene
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Classes
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Classes
4:00 PM Personal time
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Personal time
7:00 PM Cultural and language-related activities and group study
9:00 PM Personal time and study
10:00 PM Bed, lights out
Many jobs in the federal government require their employees to be in good physical condition. Some jobs require you to live and work in remote, austere and/or hostile environments. For these reasons, the academy includes a mandatory physical fitness component to the academy's curriculum. Six days per week, you will participate in a one-hour physical education session with your fellow students. These sessions will consist of aerobic, anaerobic, endurance, muscular strength, movement and flexibility exercises and activity. To avoid the heat of the day, sessions are scheduled for the early morning hours. Students will be divided into "ability" groups so that those who are in outstanding physical condition will be in a group of well-conditioned students. Similarly, those who are less conditioned will be in a lower ability group. Physical education intensity level and activity will depend on ability group. These physical education sessions are not designed to embarrass anyone. Students who do not recognize the value of physical conditioning should not apply. Students who wish to improve their condition are welcome. Fitness sessions will be supervised by a highly experienced university staff member who will ensure that the activities are conducted safely.
You will live in the newest and most modern residence hall on campus. Patriot Hall was completed in the summer of 2010 and has a stunning view of the North Georgia mountains. You will live in a room with a roommate. Your room adjoins a common bathroom that is shared with another room and two other students. The two rooms and bathroom constitute a suite. Only students of the same gender will live in a suite. The suites for all students in the same language cohort will be in the same area on the same floor. Tutors and counselors will live in the vicinity of their cohort. Photos of the residence hall, rooms and bathroom are below:
There is a 24-hour-per-day, 7-day-per week highly professional campus police force. In addition, students will be supervised 24/7 by counselors, teachers and tutors. A highly trained university staff member will oversee the physical education component to manage risk and ensure the safety of students. A highly trained and experienced staff member will be in the residence hall during all night hours.
If you would like information about the Corps of Cadets at North Georgia, go to www.northgeorgia.edu/cadetadmissions
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