Despite damp and rainy weather, a number of area high school juniors and seniors participated in a college fair Monday at Surry Community College.
Students from Surry and Yadkin counties, along with Mount Airy and Elkin city schools, the Surry Early College, Yadkin Early College and Surry Community College, attended. Juniors and seniors of private or homeschool settings were also invited to the event, , which was designed to expose students to higher education opportunities
“Despite the cold and damp weather, I am extremely pleased with the college fair event hosted by the faculty, staff, and students of Surry Community College,” David R. Shockley, president of Surry Community College. “They did an amazing job despite less than perfect conditions and for that I am grateful. It was truly amazing to see the college courtyard populated with over one thousand high school students from Surry and Yadkin counties.”
“Our main goal in hosting this event is to encourage more students to become interested in obtaining a higher education,” said Kasey Martin, Student and Community Engagement coordinator at SCC. “The college fair is the perfect time to encourage that interest by showcasing all of the educational opportunities that SCC has to offer. This event also gives students the opportunity to not only learn about these programs from SCC instructors, but also allows them to explore potential future career pathways, as well.”
From 9 to 11 a.m., Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (CACRAO) had 60 colleges and universities from across the state set up in the SCC gymnasium. Each college had a representative to answer students questions about their school.
After the CACRAO portion of the day, students participated in the SCC sponsored events. They started with informational sessions on nine of Surry’s program areas including: Advanced Manufacturing, Agricultural Science, Health Sciences, College Transfer, Business & Computers, Art & Design, Construction Technologies, Public Services, and Transportation Technologies. Students were asked to visit at least two program areas.
In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness month, the organization: “Save a Life” from Cary, talked to students about warning signs of suicide, as well as ways to seek help for themselves or others that they know who are in danger of harming themselves.
A carnival for students, sponsored by Surry Community College, was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with food, music, games and prizes. Students were able to receive personalized street signs, personalized eyewear retainers, last name almanac, and photo booth pictures along with doing the inflatable super slide and rock wall climbing. Hot dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, shaved iced cones, candy apples, and popcorn were served. Different clubs were also set up around the courtyard to recruit new members for current college students and to offer exciting games and prizes.
“Each year this event gets better and I cannot wait until we do this again next fall,” said Shockley.
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