By Marie Roberts / Guest writer
The Meridian Star
To help bolster enrollment for fall, Meridian Community College hosted a Back to School Bash in the newly opened Multi-Purpose Building on Friday. The interactive expo served as a promotion for both incoming freshmen and returning students.
The first event of its kind, staff from the office of admissions was on hand to process applications on the spot, while academic departments and general information booths were set up with representatives to answer questions and provide insight for potential and returning students. This type of setup created an interactive environment, where students could ask questions and be fully prepared for enrollment this fall.
LeAnne Motes, currently enrolled in the university transfer program, came to the event after she heard the college would be awarding five scholarships to students attending. The scholarships, each for $200, were drawn each hour from door prize entry forms.
“I needed some questions answered about financial aid,” said Motes, whose son will also be attending MCC next fall. “I also wanted to check on some things for him to see what classes would transfer and all of that.”
For Motes, the event was relaxed and informative.
“Everyone was friendly and helpful," Motes said. "I got my questions answered and had a lot of fun.”
Students attending the event were also able to register for classes and get more information various career and technical education programs. GED prep staff was also present for those interested in earning the equivalent to a high school diploma.
In partnership with many community sponsors, MCC awarded door prizes in the form of T-shirts, cups, mugs, local coupons, and more. Door prize drawings were announced throughout the event while attendees visited various booths to get more information about the college.
For potential student Ashley Davis, this event came at a great time.
“I wasn’t sure if I was ready to come back to school,” Davis said. The mother of two dropped by the event on her lunch break to get more information about pursuing a nursing degree.
“I was really glad they had a table set up and I got to talk with some people involved in the department," Davis said. "That gave me the boost I needed to get started with the admissions process and I had a lot of fun.”