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22 Freshmen Join the ELC Class of 2021-22

Sunday, September 05, 2021

This fall, the Watson College was pleased to welcome 22 freshmen to the Education Learning Community located in Keystone Hall.

The ELC was created in 2014 to provide first-year education majors a residential learning community that supports academic, social and educational development. Through the ELC, students have the opportunity to live with other pre-education majors, connect with Watson faculty and staff, attend seminars and participate in education field experiences prior to being admitted into the Watson College of Education.

To date, approximately 145 UNCW students have participated in the ELC during their first year on campus, and many have volunteered to mentor incoming freshmen the following year.

New ELC students had their first class at the Watson College on August 18. This fall, the students will receive personal, strengths-based coaching and explore critical issues in education. Planned future activities include a kayaking outing, which will be scheduled once non-academic trips for students are permitted.

LeAnne Smith, academic advisor in WCE’s Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership, coordinates the ELC program.