Wallace hosts College Day for Blount seniors

Students from Blount County and Oneonta city schools informed, entertained at Wallace State Community College.

Students from Blount County and Oneonta city schools informed, entertained at Wallace State Community College.

Seven high schools from Blount County – bringing more than 600 seniors – visited Wallace State Community College in Hanceville last month for Blount County Senior Day.

Students were exposed to the various technical programs on Wallace State’s campus and visited landmark buildings and new features of the college.

The high school serniors were instructed on the college admission process and scholarship opportunities and enjoyed performances from the Wallace State Jazz Band and the Wallace State Singers. Wallace State cheerleaders and Ambassadors also helped welcome the guests.

“It is very important for high school seniors to go on campus to do college day because it may be the first time for them to actually be on a college campus to seriously look at their life after high school. I always want them to see first-hand what to expect,” said Karron Standridge, guidance counselor at Hayden High School. “I also think the visit may confirm for some students what they think college life is about while for others it will motivate them to step up to the challenge themselves.”

The seniors from Hayden, J.B. Pennington, Susan Moore, Locust Fork, Oneonta, Cleveland, and Appalachian high schools visited the newest building on campus, the Evelyn and Ottis Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. They were treated to the capabilities and 3- and 4-D technology at the Advanced Visualization Center, explored the spacious Tom Drake Coliseum, and had a meal specifically prepared for them by the Wallace State Culinary Arts Department.

“I encourage my students to consider two-year schools over four-year schools because many of my students are not ready to take that big jump,” Standridge said. “I’m impressed by the many programs Wallace State has to offer our young people. I would be willing to put Wallace State up against any program in the nation.”

Blount County is in Wallace State’s service area and the second-leading producer of enrolled students behind Cullman County.

“The programs offered at Wallace State set up my students for success in life. I constantly tell students, parents, and our community about Wallace State’s technical programs and how they need to seriously look at them. I truly believe those programs are the future for many jobs in Alabama,” Standridge said.

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