Many capable people avoid choosing to attend college because the navigation of admission, financial aid and degree requirements is often too confusing and overwhelming. In an effort to alleviate these barriers, East Georgia State College (EGSC) administrators, staff and students have set out on the college’s 8th annual College Readiness Bus Tour.
Students from over 20 schools will receive resources and advice to navigate a sensible, direct path to post-secondary education, regardless of the college they decide to attend. From this multi-perspective message, students can gain an understanding of why a college education can expand opportunities and improve one’s quality of life.
The visits are part of EGSC’s Complete College Georgia campus plan, a statewide effort in collaboration with the University System of Georgia and the Governor’s Office to dramatically increase the number of Georgians completing college degrees by 2020, which is critical to Georgia’s economic future to ensure a highly talented workforce.
In addition to staff attending the tour, EGSC students also balanced class and work schedules to participate in the high school visits. Following an introductory video about EGSC, the confident student leaders recounted personal experiences, shared what college is like for them, and tried to alleviate fears by answering questions from the high school students.
High school students then received advice and motivation from EGSC President Bob Boehmer regarding the importance of post-secondary education. Audiences listened attentively to the presentation, “Envision Your Future,” as President Boehmer shared how the knowledge explosion has dramatically changed transportation, communication, and jobs during his lifetime, and how rapidly things will change in the students’ working life. President Boehmer also shared videos of current students and their experience with college, applying for scholarships, and living in campus housing.
The tours began on February 3, visiting with students at Jefferson County High School and Washington County High School. Other schools on the list include: Cross Creek High School, Hephzibah High School, Butler High School, Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, Lucy Craft Laney High School, TW Josey High School, Lakeside High School, Harlem High School, Academy of Richmond County, Glenn Hills, Tattnall County High School, Vidalia Comprehensive High School, Sol C. Johnson/H.V. Jenkins High School, Islands High School, Windsor Forest High School, Liberal Arts at Savannah High School, Beach High School, Woodville Tompkins, and Robert Groves High School.
At the program's conclusion, students received a booklet about preparing for college and a pair of sunglasses. Each school was presented an EGSC clock to place in their school to signify the partnership between EGSC and the high school.