Students looking to plot their life after high school got a glimpse at a number of options Monday as WCHS held its annual College Night.
Representatives from area colleges were on hand, as well as several military recruiters. There were long lines for nearby schools like MTSU, Tennessee Tech, and UT-Knoxville.
“UT is always one of the more popular booths at these things,” said UT representative Michael Barnes. “We have about 4,000 incoming freshmen each year.”
On hand among the UT representatives was Shelby Summarell, a 2011 WCHS graduate. Summarell is working at the UT dean’s office while she finishes school and is scheduled to complete her degree in agriculture education this spring.
While Summarell has her future mapped out, many WCHS seniors came to College Night hoping to gain some direction.
“I’m trying to figure it out,” said WCHS senior Ray Bishop.
Added fellow senior Ashley Davidson, “I’m thinking nursing or something to do with computers.”
One senior with a clear idea of what she wants to do is Marisa Rigsby. She is taking five AP classes and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“I want to go into the medical field and do surgery,” said Rigsby. “I have it narrowed down to Sewanee or Emory in Georgia. I’m trying to get the most financial aid I can.”
Mike Garrison said he travels to events like this one in Warren and surrounding counties to recruit students to attend the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
The school has undergone a recent name change and used to be Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville.
“A little less than half our students are from Warren County,” said Garrison. “We’re one of the few schools that has a medical assistant program so we can draw students from far away for that. We had one student drive from Davidson County for our practical nursing program.”
Smaller schools like Cumberland University in Lebanon had a representative on hand. Cumberland is a liberal arts school with an enrollment of around 1,500.
“Tennessee Tech and Motlow really do a good job of getting students from this area,” said Cumberland admissions coordinator Jamie Ensley. “I’d be happy if I could get five or 10 students from Warren County to enroll next year.”
Ensley was complimentary of College Night and said he thought the event had much better attendance on the WCHS campus than it did during its previous years at the Civic Center.
For students wanting scholarship information, Business Roundtable Action Committee chairman Todd Herzog was on hand with information about the Citizens for Progress scholarship. The program has awarded $300,000 in scholarships its first six years.