Nighthawks SOAR helps students during summer

More than 30 students from the Athens-Clarke County, Oconee County and Commerce City school systems took part in the inaugural Nighthawks Student Opportunities for Accelerated Readiness (SOAR) program on UNG’s Oconee Campus in June.

The program targets economically disadvantaged and English as a Second Language youth who are prospective first-generation college students. It is designed to bridge the education gap for rising sixth- through eighth-grade students in the summer.

Students in Nighthawks SOAR showed 24.3% improvement in science, 8.8% in research and study skills, 6.7% in mathematics, and 5% in English/language arts in tests after the program.