SGTC dual enrollment student accepted into John Hopkins University School of Engineering

MARSHALLVILLE – Chance Simpson of Marshallville signed up as a dual enrollment student at South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) at the start of his 10th grade year at Macon County High School. Today, the Macon County senior has been accepted into the elite and prestigious John Hopkins University (Whiting) School of Engineering.

   He has earned a full academic scholarship worth $79,189 per year and is worth $316,756 for four years. He will have a double major in computer science and computer engineering (research) with a minor in computational medicine on a pre-med track.

   Simpson is also making history at Johns Hopkins University because he was among the first-ever Early Decision II at the university. The university only admitted 304 students out of the 2,874 that applied for the Early Decision II, and the university only admitted 1,652 out of 33,236 into the class of 2025 (5 percent acceptance rate). Simpson was one of those admitted.

   He will also be running track and field with the university and was the only male track and field recruit to be accepted into the Class of 2025.

 “Getting in here wasn’t easy,” said Simpson. The exceptional student was offered over $1.7 million in scholarships from various universities. His top 10 offers came from Emory University, Howard University, Hampton University, Mercer University, University of Chicago, Franklin & Marshall College, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastern Mennonite University, Coast Guard Academy, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

   Simpson, who will graduate from Macon County this spring, will finish up his associate degree in the SGTC computer networking support specialist program before he is scheduled to walk across the stage as a high school graduate.

   Simpson enrolled at SGTC at the start of his sophomore year at Macon County High. Since that time he has taken an overload of classes in high school while also being dually enrolled in the computer program at SGTC.

    Simpson wants to be an anesthesiologist and go to medical school.

“I have always wanted to be a doctor. I have been doing some research and I think that anesthesiology seems to be the best fit for me,” said Simpson, who says that time management has been the key to his success so far.

    “I have enjoyed my classes here at South Georgia Technical College and the instructors are great. Mrs. Andrea Ingram is willing to help you if you have any problems. She provides a lot of hands-on instruction and the classes are very interesting. She is also willing to stay after class and help students if they get stuck.  But the only way to do this, is to learn to manage your time.” That trait will also help him when he begins at John Hopkins University (Whiting) School of Engineering.

    Simpson also had words of praise for SGTC Dual Enrollment Specialist Brittny Wright McGrady who worked with him while he was attending classes at Macon County High School and SGTC.  “The Dual Enrollment option with South Georgia Tech has been wonderful. I have really enjoyed being able to come to college, while I am still technically in high school. This is a great program and Ms. Wright McGrady has been very helpful.”

    Chance Simpson is the son of Ronald B. Simpson and Kesha Simpson of Macon County and they are very proud of his accomplishments so far and are his biggest supporters for the next phase of his journey. He is certainly a young man with big plans for the future and the dual enrollment program at SGTC helped him advance to the next level.

   For more information about the dual enrollment program at SGTC, contact Vickie Austin, Dual Enrollment coordinator at vaustin@southgatech.edu or 229-931-2866. 

   SGTC is currently enrolling students for Summer Semester.  Classes begin May 25.  For more information, contact the admissions office at 229-931-2394 in Americus or 229-271-4040 in Cordele or visit the website at www.southgatech.edu.