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“College Road Trip” for Boyle County High School Students

Boyle County students pose in front of the Daniel Boone statue on the EKU Richmond Campus.

One of the summer “camp” experiences recently offered at EKU Danville was a week-long series of visits to various college campuses.

The idea was posed by Sandy Clark, from the Boyle County High School Youth Service Center, who wanted to offer her students a first-hand look at what each campus had to offer. Outreach Agent, Travis Wickline, in EKU’s Central Region in Danville, was able to work with Admissions Officers in central Kentucky to make the trip possible.

The Boyle County Juniors and Seniors were largely undecided on their first-choice college. So the trip included visits to EKU Danville, BCTC Danville, Centre College, Campbellsville College, and EKU Richmond.

At each location, students participated in a college lecture on a topic related to college choice, career selection, or a campus highlight. Then they were encouraged to practice taking notes. Each student received a personalized “passport” to record the campus and programs they visited each day.

At EKU Danville, students kicked off their visit at the Stuart Powell Airport where they heard about careers in Aviation from a flight instructor and an Aviation student who flew in from the Richmond Airport for the event. Then EKU Career Counselor, Deb Jones, walked them through a career inventory to help them determine specific areas of work that best matched their interests and personality.

At EKU Richmond, students visited several student services offices and academic departments:

  • Career Services,
  • Student Success Center,
  • EKU Main Library,
  • Walters Residence Hall,
  • EKU’s new Science Building, in particular the Forensic Science Department,
  • EKU’s Aviation and Applied Technology Department where students got to visit the flight simulators.

The students agreed that the trips to the campuses—with college staff on the bus to answer their questions—was an enjoyable and stress-free way to learn how to select a college and what help is available on the campus they choose.

Boyle County High School students pose in front of the EKU Aviation Department plane at the kick-off to the “College Road Trip.”

Boyle County students and EKU Advisor Susan Watson ride the trolley across the EKU Richmond Campus.

Students participate in the “Human Knot” activity at EKU’s Career Services Office.

Published on August 02, 2016

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