Local High Schoolers Visit for Communiversity Academy Orientation

Juniors and seniors from Gainesville City Schools, East Hall High School and Lakeview Academy will be at the Brenau University Downtown Center Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Featherbone Communiversity Academy orientation.

The Academy, started by the Warren Featherbone Company President Gus Whalen in 2011, is designed to engage high school students in career development. Following Whalen’s death this summer, Brenau University’s College of Education has taken over operation of the program, which today is comprised of about 60 students.

In the program, students are encouraged to give back to the community through local charity fundraisers and a service learning project. To help them identify potential career paths, each student is also invited to attend the Featherbone Communiversity Master Series, which highlight different professions and fields, such as nursing, teaching and building.

“We have not changed the purpose or goals of the Academy this year, however we are working to implement reflection activities at each of our schools following the Master events,” said Dr. Brandi Worsham, an assistant professor of education at Brenau and co-director of the Academy. “We are also trying to organize a service learning project and a mentor program.”

The orientation event will be held in rooms B and C of the Brenau University Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW. The first Master Series event is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St. SE in Gainesville, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.