Engaging Students for College

Last week, the College played host to 11 high school juniors from Charlotte and Raleigh. Through Ernst & Young’s (EY)College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (MAP) program, College and EY representatives worked to demystify the process of applying to and affording college, introduced them to soft skills such as dinner and conversation etiquette, and encouraged students to consider applying for college.

Stephen Watson

According to COB accounting graduate Stephen Watson, a senior within EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice, MAP is the company’s signature volunteer program in education. It’s focused on empowering students in underserved high schools so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education. He says summer camps, such as the one that the College hosted last week, call on students to imagine a brighter future and plan for what college life might be like.

“ECU was the perfect choice to host this camp because it offers exposure to all the resources of a major university,” said Watson. “Also, the faculty and staff go above and beyond to make it a personal experience for all involved.”

During their visit, the students heard from Mark Copeland, a partner with EY and ECU Trustee; Stan Eakins, College Dean; College professor Dr. Cal Christian; College instructor TD Gribble; and several University representatives who serve as a resource to college students.

Dean Stan Eakins, left, and Mark Copeland, ECU Trustee and EY partner, speak to MAP students

Instructor Gribble addresses MAP students

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