EAGLE Academy takes flight!
EAGLE Academy, the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Program at Georgia Southern University officially opened for students this semester. EAGLE stands for Equal Access to Gainful Learning and Employment and provides a university opportunity for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who would not otherwise be able to attend a traditional university. They will attend both existing GS classes, in their area of interest, and specialized classes geared toward helping them to become gainfully employed and able to live independently. Students are supported by both EAGLE Academy staff and their peers.
Our first cohort of students moved into their dorm rooms on August 10th. They spent the weekend saying goodbye to family and hello to new friends. Kasey was so excited to set up her things and settle in. Sharaun was more quiet but seemed to like the fact that he had a place of his own.
EAGLE Academy students and staff assisted with the GS Operation Move-In on August 11th as a way to meet students living in their dorm and do some community service. It was a great opportunity to meet other students, including their roommates, who will be living in Centennial 1 with them. That evening they were able to attend a taco fiesta sponsored by their dorm area.
The first day of classes has been met with the typical first year nervousness and confusion on finding classroom buildings. Kasey and Sharaun did a great job getting to classes and meeting peers. It was a great first day as an EAGLE Academy student at Georgia Southern!
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