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LEESBURG, Ga. (April 21, 2014)—Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D., and Lee County High School Principal Kevin Dowling signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today stating that college-level courses will be taught on Lee County High School’s campus through the state’s Accel Program. Beginning next school year, college algebra will be taught in the fall and statistics in the spring.

“Lee County High School is one of the best in the state,” Blanchard said. “We have been privileged over the years to enroll many of its graduates as freshmen at Georgia Southwestern. This new program will help to ensure the continued matriculation of Lee County students to GSW.”

Accel is a joint enrollment program for juniors and seniors who attend accredited public or private high schools in Georgia. To participate, students must submit an application and their official transcript to GSW’s Admission’s Office. A minimum SAT score of 970 (combined critical reading and math) or ACT composite score of 20 and grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to enter the Accel Program.

According to Gaye Hayes, Ph.D., vice president for Enrollment Management, GSW currently offers Accel classes to students from four other area high schools. Courses are taught to students from Americus-Sumter High, Macon and Taylor County High, and Southland Academy in Americus.

“We are thrilled to offer university courses to as many well-prepared high school students as possible,” said Hayes. “The credit earned will follow them to the next level, and the exposure to college-level work while in the supportive home environment will enhance their success once they graduate.”

Instructors designated to teach Accel courses meet the same requirements as part-time faculty members for Georgia Southwestern. Retired GSW School of Education Dean Lettie Watford, Ph.D., will teach these math courses at Lee County. A minimum of 12 qualified, participating students are required per course offering.

Participating, qualified students will use the ACCEL funds to pay tuition. All university fees will be waived for classes taught at the high school. Books will be provided by either the high school or the student. These figures are subject to change annually. 

For additional information about the Accel Program, contact GSW Admissions at (229) 928-1273 or email

Accel Program—(Seated) GSW President Kendall Blanchard and Lee County High School Kevin Dowling shake hands after signing an MOU regarding the Accel Program. (Back row, left to right) David Jenkins, assistant director of GSW Admissions;  Gaye Hayes, VP of GSW Enrollment Management; Annette Oliver, Lee County High counselor; Reagen Beamon, Lee County High counselor; and Melissa Royals, Lee County High counselors.

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