Movie stu­dio an­nounces award for New­ton, Rockdale stu­dents

Three Ring Stu­dios says schol­ar­ship is ex­clu­sive deal

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

You’re chil­dren are go­ing to grad­u­ate and go to col­lege on my dime, as many as I can put through.” — Rahim Cha­ra­nia, Three Ring Stu­dios pres­i­dent

Rahim Cha­ra­nia, pres­i­dent of Three Ring Stu­dios (TRS), an­nounced a spe­cial schol­ar­ship, ex­clu­sively for stu­dents in New­ton and Rockdale County to at­tend Ge­or­gia State Uni­ver­sity (GSU) Thurs­day night dur­ing a spe­cial in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at Spring­field Bap­tist Church in Cony­ers.

“Col­lege is ex­pen­sive,” Cha­ra­nia, who grad­u­ated from GSU, said. “We’re go­ing to help and we’re not the only ones. Busi­nesses across the world are go­ing to help.”

Cha­ra­nia said he is ex­cited for the end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties that are go­ing to be­come avail­able with the de­vel­op­ment of TRS.

“You’re chil­dren are go­ing to grad­u­ate and go to col­lege on my dime, as many as I can put through,” he said.

New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS) Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Furhey said the schol­ar­ships are a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal stu­dents. The grad­u­at­ing class of 2017 to­taled $30 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to learn more about it,” she said.

Furhey said the school sys­tem is working to make sure its stu­dents are pre­pared to the job op­por­tu­ni­ties that are go­ing to be­come avail­able.

“We’ve ex­panded our STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math) op­por­tu­ni­ties, we go all the way down to kinder­garten with STEM, which helps with the en­gi­neer­ing model and the prob­lem solv­ing,” she said. “Our col­lege and ca­reer acad­emy is equipped with video pro­gram­ing and pro­duc­tion.”

She said right now, NCSS is fo­cus­ing on learn­ing what the need

are and how they can fill those needs.

“The good thing is that we’re very flex­i­ble be­cause we want all of our kids to have all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that they de­serve and we want to make sure we’re pre­par­ing them for those choices,” she said.

In other news, TRS also an­nounced the date for its job fair, in part­ner­ship with Con­gress­man Jody Hice, New­ton, Mor­gan, Jasper and Wal­ton Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fices. Set for Sept. 21 at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s (GPTC’s) New­ton Cam­pus at 8100 Bobby Wil­liams Park­way in Cov­ing­ton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 50 busi­nesses are ex­pected to be rep­re­sented at the fair with any­where from 3,000 to 4,000 job open­ings avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.se­lect­new­ton.com.

Jackie Gutknecht | The Cov­ing­ton News

Rahim Cha­ranta, pres­i­dent of Three Ring Stu­dios, talks with JaN­ice Van Ness, of Peachtree Acad­emy af­ter his pre­sen­ta­tion at Spring­field Bap­tist Church Thurs­day night.

Above: Rahim Cha­ra­nia, talks with at­ten­dees of the Three Ring in­for­ma­tion ses­sion. Left: Spring­field Bap­tist Church Pas­tor Eric Lee talks with NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Furhey. Be­low: Spring­field Bap­tist Church Pas­tor Eric Lee and Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston cel­e­brate the up­com­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties of Three Ring Stu­dios.

Left: Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston talks with Con­gress­man Jody Hice.

Photos by Jackie Gutknecht | The Cov­ing­ton News

Rahim Cha­ra­nia, pres­i­dent of Three Ring Stu­dios, an­swers ques­tions af­ter his in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at Spring­field Bap­tist Church.

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