News Release

Dalton State to Host STEM Banquet

March 12, 2014

STEM Banquet High school students interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics are invited to come to a free informational dinner at Dalton State Tuesday, March 18.

Calling all high school students interested in science, math, and technology: Dalton State College is hosting a free dinner to share information on educational opportunities and career possibilities for science, technology, engineering, and math graduates in the northwest Georgia region.

The annual STEM banquet will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7 pm in the College’s Pope Student Center. Interested high school seniors and their parents are invited to the free dinner which is sponsored by Shaw Industries and Mohawk Industries.

“There are ample opportunities for STEM majors in our area with high demand for chemistry, engineering, and computer science majors,” said Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of Dalton State’s School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics. “Mathematics majors who are certified to teach high school are also in high demand, and the sciences have always been popular majors for students going on to medical, dental, and graduate school.”

“Faculty will share many of the opportunities available at Dalton State and representatives from Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will discuss transfer programs,” Griffus said. “We will also have Dalton State STEM students on hand to discuss their experiences and respond to questions.”

The Regents Engineering Transfer Program with Georgia Tech allows students to take their first two years at Dalton State before transferring to Georgia Tech where they can earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

According to Griffus, the RETP is a popular option for local students because it gives them the opportunity to save money and adjust to college life on a small scale at Dalton State before transferring to a big university. Students can take their core courses in small classes where they receive individualized attention, he said, noting that Dalton State students who have transferred to Georgia Tech have been extremely well prepared for upper level work in Atlanta.

In addition to the pre-engineering program, Dalton State also offers bachelor’s degree programs in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, preparing graduates for work in industry, teaching, or graduate school.

Interested high school students are encouraged to RSVP by Friday, March 14. There is no grade point requirement to attend the banquet. Those interested can register online at; anyone with questions should contact Sarah Key at

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
706.272.4436 • 1.800.829.4436 •