Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) recently hosted its second annual Counselors Academy for secondary counseling and career professionals from the college’s service area. The two-week event allows participants to “experience” the college’s academic programs and student support services in a hands-on environment on the WTC campus.
The program, led by WTC student development counselor Cheryl DuBose, is designed to make area counselors aware of the lucrative careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields so that they can better counsel students about educational and career choices.
Information is shared on how high school counselors can be catalysts for more students to consider the technical college path instead of liberal arts colleges and universities, especially when it comes to STEM related fields for which training is available at WTC. Emphasis is also placed on the dual enrollment program at WTC, which provides a huge cost savings and up to a two-year head start on a four year degree as well as an option to enter a lucrative career straight out of high school.
The Counselors Academy also helps strengthen working relationships between the College and the area’s secondary school leaders by providing venue for participants to meet business and industry representatives to learn more about workforce needs, to ask questions about workforce preparation, and to communicate on a personal level with individuals involved in economic development initiatives.