Johnson County Students Tour Southeastern Tech
December 3, 2013 - Sophomores from Johnson County High School walked the halls of Southeastern Technical College’s Swainsboro campus on Dec. 2 as part of a campus tour.
“[This tour] allows some of these students to experience a college campus for the first time and to see first-hand what fields we offer, while at the same time allowing them the opportunity to take the Compass placement test that we use for admission to the college,” said Brad Hart, Southeastern Tech’s director of enrollment services.
In addition to visiting many of the college’s programs’ classrooms and labs, the students completed the Compass test, a college placement test that schools around the country use to determine the appropriate English and math courses for each student.
The students also heard from some of the college’s staff over a lunch provided by STC. Mitchell Fagler, STC’s executive director of student affairs and financial aid, laid out the financial aid options available to the students. Fagler explained that though they are sophomores, the students can—and should—begin financial planning for college today.
“You’ve got two years left in high school, but that will be here before you know it,” said Fagler.
STC High School Initiatives Coordinator Kathryn Smith told the students about dual enrollment, and how whether they’re going to Harvard or straight to work after high school, taking college classes in high school gives them a leg up.
“We want to be sure that every kid in high school gets an opportunity to go to college,” said Smith. “But college is hard, and sometimes you don’t have the financial means to travel away or live somewhere else. Doing dual enrollment is a great opportunity to go to college for free while you’re in high school.”
STC hopes to host more tours to show high school students the value of a technical education, which, Hart contends, lies in its graduates’ employability.
“Statistics from the US Department of Labor show that of job openings through 2014 only 21 percent will require a Bachelor’s degree or more advanced training,” said Hart. “We hope that by allowing students to tour our campuses they will walk away with a new appreciation for what we teach—hands on education.”
For more information on dual enrollment, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.