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Chatham Central holds College Day

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Bear Creek, NC - Chatham Central High School held a college day the morning of Thursday, October 15, for juniors, seniors, and their parents. Fifty-eight institutions of higher education set up displays in the cafeteria where representatives spoke with the students and their parents. The recruiters fielded questions about degree programs offered by their institutions, admission requirements, and financial aid.

“College day gives students a chance to explore the many options available to them in higher education. By bringing representatives to the school, our upperclassmen can compare programs and learn unique aspects of each school. For some students, this event will help them narrow the list of schools they are considering and lead them to make a campus visit. Our hope is that every Chatham Central graduate will pursue additional education after high school,” said Mitch Stensland, Principal.

Dr. Glenda Crawford and Jennifer Fish came to the college day as representatives of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program at Elon University. With the application deadline the next day, Crawford and Fish encouraged seniors interested in a teaching career to complete and submit their applications immediately. Junior could also learn more about the program, which is sponsored by the state and is available to students at both public and private colleges and universities across North Carolina. Upon graduating from college, recipients must teach in a public or government school for four years in order to repay the scholarship through service. Elon has up to 100 students at a time, twenty-five in each class, attending the university through the financial assistance of the scholarship.

Julie Holder was another recruiter who participated in the Chatham Central college day. She represented the North Carolina State University Agricultural Institute, a two-year program with nine different agriculture degrees. The Institute has been in place for over ten years. Students in these programs are able to take advantage of campus opportunities like four-year degree students. Holder emphasized to the students that many jobs in agriculture require hands-on skills for which the Institute prepares them. She noted that seventy-six percent of the Institute graduates have jobs within six months of graduation.

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