Elkin High concludes College Representation Week

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

March 31, 2014

Elkin City High School’s College Representation Week concluded Friday and was a success for students there, according to one official involved with the effort.

College Advisor Scott Wilson with Carolina College Advising Corps of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said the program was good for the students at the high school.

Eddie Waddell of Forysth Tech Community College; students Tyler Robbins and Matthew Snow on behalf of Surry Community College; and Lauren Marcilliat on behalf of Wilkes Community College all spoke at the school on Friday.

All community college representatives spoke about the economic feasibility of attending a community college versus a four-year college and a relief that is often found by not having to pay back expensive student loans that sometimes come with large university programs.

The speakers discussed personal highlights of each program and advised the students to do their homework early to find the fit for them. Each discussed the personal attention available for students in a smaller class size format.

Waddell highlighted the Associate of Fine Arts and Radio and Television Broadcast Technology Program with a recent addition of a new studio on the campus and invited students to the community college’s open house on April 26. Robbins talked about the personal attention that students receive due to smaller classes, the easy transition from high school to a community college and an ability to transfer to any four-year university with a solid background. Robbins said he will continue to pursue his four-year degree with Lees-McCraw that is offered on the local Dobson campus. They said that work programs were available with funding.

Snow spoke about his fondness of the golf program and how both the academic and sports program had opened doors for his plans to attend Montreat College.

Marcilliat spoke about several programs but highlighted two major high-paying areas. She called the culinary arts degree a great program, and one that is complete with a trip to France. She said the culinary students prepare five-course meals at the college cafe as part of the curriculum and called them delicious and a benefit to the students.

Marcilliat said the diesel and heavy equipment program is an excellent field to pursue with opportunities found in several areas of the diesel market including ships, trucks and school buses. She said the pay in both of the featured programs was considered high.

Several of the Elkin High School students said they came away from the presentation learning things that did not know about the community college system and were interested . Several said they were impressed. Student Tyler Johnson said he is going to study criminal justice at SCC.

Kelsey Nicholson said she wanted to be a dental hygienist and was considering SCC or Forsyth Tech. Student Dakota Spicer said he enjoyed the presentation but had already made up his mind to go into the military.

Wilson, with the college advising corps, added that the representation was great from both the university and community college standpoint but did say one day during the week some presentations had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Colleges featured this year were Elon University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Lenoir-Rhyne, Campbell University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Wilkes Community College, Surry Community College, and Forsyth Tech.

Wilson said it is the second College Representation Week the Carolina College Advising Corp has held. He called the week an opportunity for all students to think about and narrow down their selections.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.