The following sessions will be offered for students and parents. The sessions are free.
• Preparing the College-Bound Student
Presented by Robin Leach, LEAP coordinator for Gaston County Schools
Mrs. Leach is a former undergraduate admissions counselor and international recruiter for Gardner-Webb University. She will share her expertise about the college application process. She also will highlight information and answer questions about the initial steps needed to pursue admission into different college settings.
• Let's Talk About It: Mental Illness Diagnosis and Supporting Students
Presented by Rwenshaun Miller, found and executive director of Eustress, Inc.
Illnesses such as depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can affect a student’s ability to perform in an educational setting and in other aspects of life. Learn about resources available to help and how we can break the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presenter, Rwenshaun Miller, has worked in the mental health field for 10 years and understands the challenges faced by individuals with limited resources. He will provide information about how to address their needs. Eustress, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising mental health awareness by creating an atmosphere where it is OK to talk about mental health challenges.
• Financial Aid SessionPresented by Timeka Ruffin, regional representative, College Foundation of North Carolina11:00-11:45 a.m.Session Description: This session will focus on the process of applying for state, federal, and institutional financial aid for college, how financial helps in paying for college, and what to expect from colleges through the financial aid process.• Career and College Promise at Gaston CollegePresented by Amy Weisgerber, coordinator for educational partnerships, Gaston College
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Session Description: Want to learn more about how high school students can earn college credit tuition free while still in high school? Please join us for an overview of the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Gaston College. CCP provides dual enrollment opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.• Using the College Foundation of North Carolina for College and Career PlanningPresented by Timeka Ruffin, regional representative, College Foundation of North Carolina12:00-12:45 p.m.
Ever wonder how the College Foundation of North Carolina (or you may know it as CFNC.org) can help in preparing for college? This session will show you how this free website can help you in whatever stage in college planning you are to successfully plan, apply, and pay for college.
• A Fist Full of Dollars: Smart Strategies on How to Apply and Pay for College
Presented by Crystal Davis, student recruiter, and Jennifer Nichols, director of admissions and counseling, Gaston College
Going to college can be confusing and expensive. In this session, we’ll explore things you need to know about applying to college and the many resources available (scholarship, grants, loans, and more) for making smart decisions at this crucial time.
• NCAA Athletic Eligibility and Clearinghouse
Presented by Mathieu Chapman, school counselor, Highland School of Technology
Students and parents will learn about the NCAA sports eligibility requirements for Division I, II, and III schools. Topics include the application process for the NCAA Eligibility Center and the necessary grade point average and test score (SAT/ACT) for eligibility.
• Going to College
Presented by Xina Lowe, reference librarian, Gaston County Public Library
This session will introduce the free resources that the public library has available to help anyone who is interested in going to college. If possible, come prepared to use your own electronic device to learn about these resources.