Walters State Community College is now enrolling for its 35th year of the Talented and Gifted Program. TAG serves students in grades fifth through eighth throughout East Tennessee and provides an enhanced, hands-on curriculum. The class meets on Saturdays from Jan. 14-Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
“We’re offering over 40 classes this year, and each student chooses three classes,” said Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education at Walters State. “Students have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with our professors and professionals.”
Area counselors learned more about the TAG program during a recent luncheon at Walters State.
So, what gets students out of bed and eager to attend on cold, winter mornings?
“We can never offer enough science courses. We have forensic science, archeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ooey gooey science, marine biology and more. These always fill up,” said Cardwell-Hampton.
She expects a new class, archery, to be popular this year.
“Archery and boat safety are taught by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer. Both are very safe. The archery program teaches skills as a team sport in a gymnasium,” Cardwell-Hampton said. “We also are offering Zombie Apocalypse for the first time, and I think that will be popular.”
Other new classes focus on the New York Stock Exchange, magic, world cultures and surviving the outback.
Robot Wars, Pottery and Emergency 911 are always popular. The program also offers many art classes, including guitar, pottery, movie production, web design, drawing, creative writing and acting. TAG also includes career-oriented classes, such as Engineering Brides, So You Want to Be a Veterinarian and Military Science.
“With so many classes, we can excite any student,” Cardwell-Hampton said.
Classes do fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $229, which includes all supplies and a TAG T-shirt. Register early for the best chance of getting your chosen classes. Parents can learn more and register at www.ws.edu/tag. Parents can also call Cardwell-Hampton at 423-585-2675.