Yadkin Center to host event for prospective students, families

Staff Report

Surry Community College will host a Community Appreciation Day at The Yadkin Center on June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The public and prospective students are invited to attend.

The event will give students and their families a chance to learn more about the expanded offerings at The Yadkin Center. Prospective students also can get help with applying to college, financial aid, and registering for classes.

Participants will get a chance to enter a drawing for scholarships that can be used at Surry Community College. This event will give visitors a chance to tour The Yadkin Center campus and learn more about the educational opportunities. Parents can sit in on sessions about the Career & College Promise program and learn how their high school juniors and seniors can take college classes tuition free.

Starting fall 2018, students will have even more choices of study at The Yadkin Center. Without leaving Yadkin County, students can earn a degree in mechatronics, a diploma in welding, certificates in machining and begin work on an electrical systems degree. Students also can finish a two-year degree in Associate in Arts for college transfer. They can take nurse aide training to become a CNA I or begin coursework in business administration. Yadkin Center also offers truck driver training, firefighter certifications and the High School Equivalency program.

“In the past, if these students wanted training in these areas they had to come to Dobson in order to receive the training, with the programs being offered this fall they can stay in Yadkin County,” said Dr. Michael Miller, dean of Business, Technologies and Health Sciences.

“For the juniors and seniors in high school, it is an opportunity to receive training for free while they are still in high school. These high school students can complete certificates in machining, mechatronics and welding through the Career and College Promise program while still in high school. The credits earned in these certificates transfer into the diplomas and degrees offered in these programs seamlessly allowing students to earn multiple credentials in their chosen field. Local employers are constantly calling the lead instructors of these programs looking for qualified workers in these fields.”

The entire family is invited to this casual event at The Yadkin Center. The college staff will be hosting activities for children including a Kid Zone featuring face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house. Free food and giveaways also will be available. Representatives will be on hand from local industries who are hiring Surry graduates and from universities where students can transfer after earning their two-year degree through Surry Community College.

For more information, visit www.surry.edu.

Staff Report