All this week Elkin High School has been educating students about their options following graduation with College Week at Lunch, a special time set aside during the students’ lunch period when different colleges come in and promote their schools.
On Monday, Queens College of Charlotte visited. Tuesday was East Carolina University, and Wednesday was Western Carolina University. Thursday was Catawba College and Appalachian State University in a joint session.
Friday’s lunch will be the final day of the luncheon meetings with Surry Community College, Wilkes Community College, and Forsyth Technical Community College speaking. Representatives will help students decide if a two-year technical degree or a transfer to a four-year university is right for them.
Scott Wilson, adviser to the school from Carolina College Advising Corps of UNC-Chapel Hill, headed the program. Wilson contacted representatives from the colleges to come to Elkin and present information on their campuses and what students could expect from attending the universities.
Wilson hopes to get students thinking about college, especially four-year universities, and how to apply, get in, and pay for an education after Elkin High.
“The week was about trying to get kids hear about different schools. Queens and Catawba are a lot smaller, and I’m trying to get them to hear about something different,” he said. “It’s important to get these reps out here so they can explain what the school is all about and their majors and that kind of stuff, especially for kids whose parents may not have gone to any four-year school, try to get them to hear about the opportunities that are available to them that they simply may not know about.”
“They hand out brochures and pamphlets and information cards for students to fill out so they can follow up with them,” he added.
He said students had trouble making it around to all the different campuses to visit prior to applying, so he brought the choices to them. Students were encouraged to take their lunches to the media center each day to hear presentations while they ate.
Wilson said the turnout was around 15 kids per session, but the combination of Appalachian and Catawba had brought out the most students so far this week. There were two sessions available, one during the first lunch period and the other in the second.
When doing two or three schools at once the sessions were more fair-like, allowing students to ask questions from the representatives rather than being lectured.
This is Wilson’s first year doing the luncheon, but he hopes that in the upcoming years new schools will be represented in addition to this week’s guests.
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