On Friday, March 6, Ms. Darby and Mr. Greenwell’s juniors, in conjunction with the college counseling department, toured the technical campus at JCTC and attended Spalding University’s Showcase. The experience was coordinated in order to ensure that Trinity’s students are college and career ready following graduation.
The students toured JCTC’s technical campus first. Admissions Counselor, Telly Sellars, took our juniors into technical labs and classrooms for robotics, aviation repair, welding, plumbing, automotive repair, carpentering and HVAC. Sellars explained how students at the school attend classes, but also work apprenticeships and internships while completing their technical training. After touring the labs and hearing more about how robotic technology is impacting job availability, students understood the importance of current technology in what jobs will be available when they graduate.
After sitting down with admissions counselors, Trinity junior Laquann Williams stated, “After seeing the JCTC program, I see how I can incorporate technical job skills and my interests in accounting into an entrepreneurial opportunity. I would love to own my own business.”
Ms. Darby and Mr. Greenwell’s students also had the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Spalding University Showcase. The students were able to hear from admissions counselors about the benefits of Spalding’s six-week block schedule, campus majors, low student to faculty ratios and its athletic programs. They were treated to lunch on campus and participated in a campus tour. Trinity junior Daylen Lile enjoyed seeing the school’s weight room and was eager to see the bullpen where the baseball team practiced.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in an all campus school fair. While there, they had a chance to learn about learning support services including the school’s writing lab, the school’s health service center, study abroad programs, they spoke to teachers in various majors and talked to athletic coaches. Roman White told Ms. Darby, “After speaking to the representatives with the nursing table, I think I decided that I want my major to be in medicine working in surgery.” Ms. Darby and Roman talked about how his mother, who works as a nurse, will be an excellent resource and mentor as he continued his career path. Ms. Darby and Mr. Greenwell planned the field trip as an extension of the school’s job shadowing program. They are working closely with their students to prepare them for both college and career readiness after graduation in 2021.