The ESL/Title III department partnered with the UNC Charlotte Dean of Students Office to organize a college tour experience for 8th grade English Language Learners. Forty-five students from five different middle schools (C.C. Griffin, Concord, Harris Road, Northwest Cabarrus and Winkler) participated.
The purpose of the trip was to encourage students to begin thinking about the possibilities that are theirs with a college education by experiencing what it’s like to be a student on campus.
Students began their experience by learning about the programs offered through the Dean of Students office. Two UNCC students then shared their personal stories of why they decided to apply to college and their struggles and successes along theway.
The next part of the experience involved students breaking into small groups assigned by the Dean of Students team. Each group was led by at least two UNCC student leaders. Students used this time with their student leaders to ask questions and discuss college life, successes, and challenges.
Students were provided lunch in the Crown Commons dining hall. Following lunch, students experienced a walking tour of campus – including tours of Belk Gym andAtkins Library – and learned about the university’s facilities, as well as student life, culture on campus, academics, and programs offered.
The experience ended at the Popp Martin Student Union where students received a small gift consisting of UNCC school spirit goodies to remember their visit.