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Mountwest gives high school seniors glimpse of college

February 13, 2013

Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College welcomed nearly 200 area high school seniors from Wayne County on Tuesday and Cabell County on Wednesday as part of Advantage Valley Consortium College Day. Students took part in breakout sessions related to programs in which they have expressed interest as a means to give them a better idea of what to expect in that college major and career field.

Zack Cummings, a senior at Cabell Midland High School, has completed the accounting and business program at Cabell Midland and plans to obtain a degree in that field as well. After taking part in College Day, Cummings said he has a better idea of what to expect and is considering enrolling at Mountwest. “I really like the one-on-one instruction you receive here and the extra help in the classroom,” Cummings said.

Billie Brooks, Dean of Student Services at Mountwest, said she hoped spending the day at Mountwest allowed the students to get a better feel for what career path they may want to pursue.

“The purpose of today was to give students a snapshot and some hands-on activity in fields they may be interested in pursuing in college,” Brooks said. “Students had the opportunity to mingle with faculty and students in their chosen field, as well as take a tour of Mountwest.”

Some students took part in Mountwest classes and demonstrations, while others went to local businesses. Those interested in the Machinist program spent the day at the Robert C. Byrd Institute, and those interested in the Aviation program traveled to the Huntington Tri-State Airport. Students interested in Culinary Arts experienced a day at Mountwest’s award-winning program in the Center for Culinary Arts.

Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President of Mountwest, spoke to the students about the importance of time management in college and staying committed in the classroom. 

“It was nice to welcome area seniors up to our new campus and give them a glimpse of what to expect in college,” Cotroneo said. “We hope they enjoyed their experience at Mountwest and walked away with a better idea of what educational pathway they want to take.”