About 4,500 juniors and seniors explored options for their future recently during the Mobile County Public Schools’ College and Career Program.
That included students like Citronelle High senior Matthew Douglas, who talked to a representative from the University of Southern Mississippi about whether he ACT score is high enough for him to enroll and study dental hygiene.
His score is high enough to get in, he said, “but they told me that if I take the ACT again and score higher, I could get a scholarship.” So, now, he plans to do just that.
Representatives of 75 colleges, businesses and military organizations participated in the two-day program, held at The Grounds in west Mobile.
Students from all 12 Mobile County Public Schools high schools attended.
“This has been a great opportunity for students to meet recruiters first hand,” said Dr. Brenda Fore, who is over guidance counseling for the school system and who organized the event.
Mobile County Public Schools’ mission is to graduate prepared and productive citizens. That means making sure students are college- and career-ready, and letting them know about their options after high school.
“I am very happy we could be a part of this to help facilitate their decisions as they make their future plans,” Fore said.
Ariyan Smith, a junior at LeFlore High School, said she’s not sure yet what college she would like to attend. But she knows she wants to be a nurse. Her ultimate goal is to work with children who have cancer.
“We have been learning our clinical skills at school in our clinic,” said Smith, who is enrolled in LeFlore’s Signature Academy for health careers and is currently learning how to take a patient’s blood pressure. She stopped at many of the booths at the College and Career Program.
“I’m here to see what college I want to go to,” she said.
Austin Snider, who has already received a letter of acceptance from Gulf Coast Community College, was heading over to the GCCC booth to talk to recruiters about his plans. He wants to study to become an electrician like his father.
“I will have to go to two years of college and I would like to do internships at Alabama Power,” Snider said. “I want to work with my hands.”