DOBSON — Staffers at the Surry Community College Educational Opportunity Center want students and potential students to know they will be there beyond Monday’s Scholarship Application Day on SCC’s Dobson campus.
“You never know when an event is held for a first time, but we had someone in line at 8 a.m. ready for us to help them,” said Coordinator of Career Opportunities and Workforce Advancement Erica Smith. “The official start was 9 a.m. and turnout was good with us seeing a lot of foot traffic.”
Smith stressed the center is available to offer free help Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. She said the center offers a range of services from financial aid applications, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms to helping students navigate the college’s website. She said the center can also help students understand the types of academic loans.
Mount Airy High School graduate Taylor Smith said she had felt daunted at first but her father, Kevin, encouraged her to come in Monday for help.
“We have students who may need us outside of our office hours so we encourage them to call us an set up an appointment,” Smith said. “We’ll work with them to get the information they need.” According to Smith, the idea to host a day on the application process itself was inspired by students during “FAFSA Fridays” previously held at the school.
North Surry High School Class of 2012 graduate Todd Tyler said applications can appear overwhelming and the job market is tough. He said he had recently returned from Texas and was enjoying being back in Surry County. Tyler said he was there to decide on a strategy before making his plans.
“We do a lot of personal inventory testing to determine where students interests lie,” said Smith. “I have found they want to know where they can get a job. I didn’t hear this from 18-year olds two years ago. Their high schools and parents have done a good job of impressing this on them.”
“If students want to apply for aid, I want to remind them Aug. 1 is our deadline so, they they really need to get it done,” Smith said. Persons may obtain more information by calling Heather Collins at 336-386-3328.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.