SPCC College Transfer Fair well attended
Representatives from 19 public and private four-year schools set up shop at South Piedmont Community College on Monday and were kept busy by SPCC students eager to learn about their options for transfer.
A total of 86 SPCC students – the most since 2005 – signed in for the hour-and-a-half-long event, counselor Eric Skeen said, noting that more might have slipped by without doing so. The annual event is part of a month-long tour of community colleges arranged by the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, or CACRAO.
With many students deciding to save money by attending community college for two years before transferring to a four-year school, the Transfer Fair has taken on added significance.
“The Transfer Fair is an integral part of the transfer student experience,” Skeen said. “It brings the student together, possibly with the first contact they have, with the school. If nothing else, it allows them to experience that first contact with an admissions rep, outside the computer.”
Several students seemed pleased that they were able to talk with a representative from their first choice of school. Lorraine Hrycyna of Monroe, who is working toward an Associate of Arts at SPCC, wants to study nursing or Spanish at East Carolina and quickly found her way to ECU representative Nate Evans’ table.
For his part, Evans was happy with the activity he was seeing, especially given East Carolina’s distance from SPCC. “I’ve talked to four or five students already and I’ve only been here for 10 or 15 minutes,” he said. “The turnout we’ve seen here is good for East Carolina.”
Allison Schemitz of Monroe, a senior in the Union County Early College, is also working toward an AA. She got a chance to speak with a representative of UNC Charlotte, which along with Johnson & Wales is among her top choices.
Jonathan Barber of Waxhaw made his first stop at the Appalachian State University table manned by Dontrell Parson. “I’m checking out everything, but this is my main interest of the colleges here,” Barber said.
Colleges represented at the College Transfer Fair were the Art Institute of Charlotte, Bellevue University, DeVry University, Fort Hayes State University, Johnson & Wales University, Johnson C. Smith University, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, University of Phoenix, William Peace University, Wingate University (main campus and Matthews campus), Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Charlotte and UNC Pembroke.