MOULTRIE -- For the past five years, Colquitt County High School has offered the programs Project Success, CVAE (Coordinated Vocational Academic Education), and RVI (Related Vocational Education) with three coordinators. These programs are designed to target students at risk and strive to bridge the gaps in learning and social environments. County administrators and board members, through their support, have recognized the worthiness of these programs.

Project Success, CVAE, or RVI have a club in which their students may be a part. VOCA (Vocational Opportunities Club of America) offers students the chance to participate in school and community projects, recreational activities and state competitions. The first semester of the 2005-2006 school year has been very busy. After using August as a planning month, VOCA began the months of September and October with great excitement.

"I have been in Project Success and CVAE since ninth grade," says senior and VOCA state reporter Octavia Godfrey. "It gives me time to work on my other class work, with help if I need it. It also helps prepare me for my graduation exit exams and teaches me about the world of work. Through VOCA, we have been involved in many worthwhile projects in the community, and I have experienced several career exploration activities; we have a good time. I have met students from all over the state of Georgia at different VOCA conferences."

The program coordinators are Jill Stuckey, Project Success; Jill Grantham, CVAE; and Donna Mitchell, RVI. When asked about the success of these programs Stuckey commented, "Our state VOCA mission statement this year is 'To Achieve You Must Believe.' This is crucial to academic success and we are meeting a great need in our school and our community."

The VOCA club has performed many school and community projects. VOCA members enjoyed building and riding on the VOCA float in the Homecoming Parade. The members were honored to win first place with the float for the third straight year.

VOCA members served doughnuts to the clerical staff to show their appreciation for all they do for CCHS and also Halloween treats to the CCHS custodians.

VOCA has had a very busy first semester. Second semester looks to be even busier as the club prepares for region and state competition.

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