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About the WGYSTC

West Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center has a long history of providing quality support to educators in the West Georgia area. WGYSTC is located in the College of Education building on the University of West Georgia campus in Carrollton.

Coordinator Steve Rich returns to the center after serving as Georgia’s K-8 Science Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education for more than 3 years.  He is an NSTA Press best-selling author and was president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association. Steve holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Mike Kirkland set a high standard for those to follow as the first coordinator of the West GYSTC when it was located in an old building at the front of the campus. During this time, one of the teachers taking his Life Science PLU course was Steve Rich, then a middle school teacher in Douglas County. Mike oversaw planning for the center’s move to the Education Center.  Mike was known to stop by the Carroll County Livestock Auction and pick up cow’s eyes for dissection in classes for teachers!

ButterflyLance Jones, the second WGYSTC coordinator, saw the completion of the science room which was shared with the UWG Education Department classes. Lance expanded the summer camp programs and computer technology classes.

Kathy White was regional coordinator from 1999-2005. A former high school science teacher, she added grade-level field trips to the Center's programming schedule and directed the construction of a fossil pit and work area.

Jaymee Herrington was coordinator from 2007 until 2010. An experienced, award winning teacher in Cobb County, Jaymee’s experiences in primary grades strengthened the center’s Saturday Science programs, In School Fieldtrips, and Summer Camps.


Quality programs for teachers and students in the West Georgia region are planned by the coordinator in conjunction with the WGYSTC Board of Directors. The Center serves the Carroll, Haralson, and Paulding County systems, Carrollton and Bremen City schools, and the private Georgian School and Memory Maker Homeschool. WGYSTC will continue to identify new and innovative ways to demonstrate the importance of science and technology to youth and make this information available to classroom teachers.

Your support and participation are invited as we work together to bring more science, math and technology education to the youth of West Georgia.