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Students, college recruiters link up at COA Transfer Fair

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Jared Mays (left), an admissions counselor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, shakes hands with Currituck County High School student Conner Kelly at College of The Albemarle’s Transfer Fair Thursday. The event provided COA students and early-college students information about transfer opportunities to colleges and universities for completion of a four-year degree.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dozens of students from College of The Albemarle and area early college high schools learned more about four-year college options at a campus Transfer Fair on Thursday.

Ben Lilley from N.C. Wesleyan College said he was pleased with both student attendance at the fair as well as their interest in Wesleyan.

“This has been really good,” Lilley said. “It has been a very steady volume of students 00 early college students and students who are regular enrolled here at COA.”

A COA spokeswoman said about 200 students participated in the fair.

Lilley said he also was impressed with the students’ knowledge and motivation.

“They are asking the right questions,” Lilley said. “It’s clear that they are prepared to take the next step.”

Even the early college sophomores were asking very good questions, he said.

Briana Jordan, a COA sophomore from Gates County, said she is undecided right now about what she would like to study when she transfers to a four-year school. But she said she has some interest in teaching special education and was glad to learn that Mid-Atlantic Christian University offers special education as a major. Jordan said she likes the environment at MACU and excited about the idea of attending college close to home.

Jordan said she enjoyed the transfer fair. “The best part was getting to know about different universities and what they offer,” she said.

Noah Edwards, who like Jordan is planning to graduate from COA in the spring, is interested in archaeology and anthropology. At the transfer fair he learned that East Carolina University has a program in the field. He said the University of North Carolina at Greensboro also offers an anthropology program.

“I’m still trying to decide between ECU and UNC-G,” Edwards said.

Vicky Tillett, who was representing Elizabeth City State University, said she had handed out one application to a student and had inquiries from a number of others. She also like to participate in events at COA, she said.

“Anything that they’re offering we try to be here, and recruit, recruit, recruit,” Tillett said.

Tillett said the ECSU table was visited by a good mix of COA students and early-college students.

ECSU is participating in NC Promise, a state-funded program that offers in-state students tuition of $500 a semester and out-of-state students $2,500 a semester.

Another NC Promise school, Western Carolina University, also participated in Thursday’s Transfer Fair at COA. Keri Clark said because of its location in Cullowhee, Western Carolina not only offers NC Promise tuition it also offers students an opportunity to get away from home while still remaining in the state.

Clark said it was her first time visiting COA, though she noted the university has participated in transfer fairs here before.

Eleven colleges and universities participated in the Transfer Fair: ECU, ECSU, Fayetteville State University, MACU, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Wesleyan College, Old Dominion University, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia Wesleyan College, WCU and Norfolk State University.

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