"You can tell these students all about college as much as you want, but this is really a chance for them to experience it," said CTC Recruiter Brookeanna Herring.
After an early morning information session about everything from financial aid and admission to student activities and athletics, the students picked out programs in which they were most interested in learning more. About 10 programs' faculty members held 30-minute mock classes that provided students a chance to ask questions and try their hands at some of the activities and assignments. In addition, seniors could ask questions of current students who were serving as guides during the event.
"Students transplanted flowers, played with color, learned about different styles of law enforcement and discussed the future of electric and hybrid vehicles," Herring said. "We hope they have a better idea of what these programs are really like and what opportunities are out there for them."
The students from Cartersville, Etowah, Woodstock, North Cobb, Woodland and Cass high schools also learned more about the transition from high school to college with information sessions that highlighted some of the important factors of the application process.
The event has become a tradition for some high schools with students hearing about the seniors' experiences as early as their freshman year, according to Woodland High School Teacher Jean McDermott.
"We brought 68 students this time," McDermott said. "It just grows every year. They are always just so excited to learn more about this college right here in our back yard."
Chattahoochee Technical College will offer another opportunity for prospective students and families to check out the offerings at the college in April. On April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., CTC will host Preview Day at the college's North Metro campus in Acworth.
Preview Day is a showcase of all majors offered at the entire college with faculty members from different programs of study on hand to answer program specific questions. In addition, attendees may speak to admissions and financial aid representatives, as well as to staff from other college departments.
For more information about Chattahoochee Technical College and the upcoming Preview Day, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu or call 770-528-4545.
The Georgia Highlands College Cartersville campus also will be hosting learning opportunities for high school seniors.
* March 5 at 6:30 p.m. will be an informational night for students who are interested in Dual Enrollment at Georgia Highlands College. This is for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in earning high school and college credits at the same time.
* March 7 at 6:30 p.m. will be a financial aid informational night. During the evening students and their parents will be informed on how to complete their FASFA, what types of financial assistance are available to students and how and when to apply for scholarships and answer any questions they may have.
* March 31 will be Spring Preview Day/Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. High schools student and their parents will gain information on the college, learn about the admissions process, tour the campus, gain financial aid information and learn more about student organizations.
Students are welcome to visit the campus. If interested in a personal tour and admissions information session, potential students are encouraged to contact the campus recruiter, Cara Kelly, at 678-872-8006 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to highlands.edu to submit a tour request.