Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

Students from Laney, North Brunswick High Schools Visit WCE

Friday, June 02, 2017

This spring, students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College tutored students in the Striving to Achieve Excellence (STAE) program in New Hanover County and students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at North Brunswick High School. STAE and AVID are programs designed to increase student learning and performance by providing academic support and assistance with the development of study, time management and organizational skills. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

The tutoring program gives students enrolled in WCE’s secondary education program an opportunity to work one-on-one with high school students. The program expands on the one-on-one tutoring experiences provided through the Ed Lab to students enrolled in elementary, middle grades and special education programs at the college.

On April 24, 75 students in Laney High School's STAE program and North Brunswick's AVID program visited UNCW. During the full-day event, students listened to presentations on culture and diversity, international study, admissions and financial aid, and attended a panel presentation by UNCW students. The UNCW panelists discussed experiences with the transition from high school to college, their choices of a major and a career and opportunities they have found at UNCW. Student panelists were Brittany Gallagher, Exercise Science; Nick Welsh, Education (English); Brooke Graham, Sociology; Mitchell Gee, Business; Krystal Welsh, International Studies; and Zachariah Zhorne, Education (History).

Students also enjoyed a complimentary lunch in Wagoner Hall before departing the UNCW campus.

Watson College secondary education professor Robert Smith said the event is important in making students aware of UNCW’s programs, and also helps the Watson College recruit future teachers and supports our partnerships with area high schools. “Three students from Laney’s STAE program who participated in a similar field trip two years ago will be attending UNCW in fall 2017,” he said.