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12-year-old genius on soaring through college: “I just grasp information quickly”

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Whip-smart kids apply every year to Georgia Tech. But no one like Caleb Anderson. He’s 12 years old.

“I’m not really smart,” he told correspondent Mark Strassmann. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”

This elite engineering school fell over itself recruiting him. Caleb saw the labs, and met the school’s president, Ángel Cabrera.  

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At age 2, Caleb Anderson could do fractions; today, at 12, the young prodigy is preparing to study aerospace engineering.

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Professor Mark Costello, chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, told Strassmann, “He’s a perfect candidate to come into our program and be very successful.”

“Is his admission guaranteed?” Strassmann asked.

“I would expect that he would be admitted, for sure,” he replied.

Strassmann asked Caleb’s parents, Claire and Kobi Anderson, “What’s it like to be touring a college when your kid is 12?”

“I don’t think anything Caleb has done has been normal for us,” said Claire.

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Caleb Anderson.

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Caleb knew sign language by nine months. At age one, he was reading. At age two, he knew how to do fractions. 

Caleb said, “I have this distinct memory of going to a first grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was two. I could barely walk!”

Middle school was awful. “The kids there, they kind of looked down on me, they treated me like I was an anomaly,” Caleb said. “And I kind of am.”

He’s been studying aerospace engineering for a year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Ga. If he stayed there, he’d be on track to graduate in two years. But his parents want a university that’s the right fit for a tween genius. 

Claire said, “We want him to

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Why AMBO Stock Is Soaring 117% Today

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Ambow Education Holding (NYSEAMERICAN:AMBO) is in the news Monday after announcing an expanded deal with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).



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Ambow Education Holding offers training courses online and via in-class lessons. The company already has a deal with Amazon that has it training and certifying students in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

With this expanded deal, Ambow Education Holding notes that it will be offering specific training to meet the needs of employers making use of AWS. That includes adding enterprise recruiting programs.

Ambow Education Holding offers its lessons from its online and offline learning portal Huanyujun Education Hub. The company notes that students at Huanyujun will be given the first chance to sign up for the new program with Amazon.

Dr. Jin Huang, president and CEO of Ambow Education Holding, said the following about the news.

“Our expanded strategic cooperation with Amazon is an acknowledgment of our successful professional education, training and certification system. With this partnership program, the influence of Ambow online education platform will be further enhanced and benefit more people and institutions through Huanyujun Education Hub.”

Ambow Education Holding notes that this deal also has another benefit for it. The strong partnership with Amazon will allow the company to draw in more talented students to make use of its services. That in turn improves the reputation of the company’s education hub.

AMBO stock was up 117% as of Monday afternoon.

On the date of publication, William White did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

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