Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville readies for record turnout at College for a Day event September 26

KINGSVILLE - September 20, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

More than 400 area high school students get to sample college life when they come to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Tuesday, Sept. 26, and take part in College for a Day.

The event, hosting the most students ever in its history, is a collaborative effort initiated and implemented by founder and director V. Betti Tanner, language and literature lecturer, in partnership with area high school Advanced Placement faculty and students and A&M-Kingsville faculty and students.

College for a Day is open to qualified high school juniors and seniors to experience the excitement of attending university classes in a major of their choice. Students meet and speak with university professors, students and staff who actively teach, practice, research and study within the university environment. Participants also discover the real scoop about specific professions, including queries about needed skills, marketability, tangible and intangible rewards of particular majors and other important questions posed by high school students examining career opportunities.

“College for a Day is growing rapidly and provides the best opportunity available for recruitment of academically prepared high school students,” said Tanner. “Texas A&M-Kingsville remains the only known university that offers the program with actual classes in a major of choice. Our faculty is unique in opening their classrooms to these prospective students.”

Over 2,000 area AP students have participated in this program since its inception in 2003. This year, students from high schools in Alice, Aransas Pass, Benavides, Bishop, Falfurrias, Freer, H.M. King, Presbyterian Pan American, Mathis, Sinton and Three Rivers have registered to attend.

This fall, students will arrive for College for a Day at 7:30 a.m.. They will then spend the morning attending three different classes related to their selected major. Following lunch at the Memorial Student Union Building ballrooms, the students will close out their day with a “University Survival Seminar.” The seminar features a host of university representatives speaking on topics of interest to potential students, including financial aid; academic affairs; the honors program; special programs; student support services; and ROTC. The day’s activities end at 2:30 p.m.

“Once we have a tracking system of these potential students, I am confident that a majority of these students will make A&M-Kingsville their first choice, particularly after witnessing our extraordinary faculty in action and the active personal follow-up process afterwards,” said Tanner.

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