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First Candlelight to Careers

More than 125 area high school students and their families attended the first Candlelight to Careers event at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on Monday, February 27.

The unique banquet-style event was designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college early. "Nationally, one of the challenges entering college students face is not being prepared to make informed, realistic decisions about selecting their college major and life careers," said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student affairs. Research shows that the sooner students choose a major, the more likely they are to graduate, transfer and be successful, said Russell.

Ballard County senior Chelsey Childress was excited about learning what WKCTC has to offer. This event was a good idea because I really dont know what I want to do yet, Childress said. I wanted to get a feel for the different careers that are out there for me.

K-12 Partnership Director Lorry Beth Wilson said its important to build the college experience for potential students. We know that one track to education doesnt work for everyone. So we wanted to encourage students and let them know that we have many different options for students of all ages.

WKCTC student ambassador and non-traditional student Darrin Thompson echoed that statement in the student panel discussion. It doesnt matter how old you are as long as you choose a career that your are passionate about, you will succeed.

The attendees enjoyed a sit-down candlelight dinner and met with various college representatives on college programs and numerous student organizations. They also had the chance to hear from WKCTC students on the full-college experience and from professionals in the community about various career opportunities.

For more information about WKCTC, call 270-534-3156.