n The two-year college gave 800-plus high-schoolers the red carpet treatment Thursday.
By Ginny Miller
BOONEVILLE – Matthew Henderson grew up in Booneville and never doubted he’d attend Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Thursday, he shared his thoughts about the two-year college with prospective students during an event dubbed Northeast Now.
“It’s close to home, and it’s a family environment,” said Henderson, a sophomore and president of the Student Government Association. “The teachers really care and they’ll go out of their way to help.”
Henderson was one of about 70 Northeast students who guided more than 800 high school seniors in campus tours during the discovery program, the college’s first on such a large scale.
“We have 22 high schools in our area, and 16 are represented today,” said Ritchie Williams, Northeast Now’s coordinator and division head for Career and Technical Education. “The whole campus is excited about it.”
Northeast’s official service area includes Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union counties. According to information released in February, 2009 spring enrollment at 3,108 is slightly higher than the spring semester in past years.
That compares with spring ’08 enrollment of 3,091 and 3,073 in spring ’07.
For Northeast Now, prospective students were bused in three shifts to the college’s Booneville campus from their schools, among them Thrasher, Baldwyn, Falkner and East Union.
“The idea is to bring the seniors on campus with much fanfare, give them the red carpet treatment,” said Tony Finch of the college’s public information office. Activities also included a drawing for $100 and $200 scholarships.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever visited this campus,” said Curtis Miller of Ripley High School. “I love it.”
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