Highline hosts high school seniors from around the area

By Jacob Getty - Staff Reporter

Highline officials say they are hoping that high school seniors attend this month's upcoming Senior Signing Day, and register for Fall Quarter of 2019.

Highline's Senior Signing Day is for high school seniors who are looking for options, organizers say. The seventh an- nual Senior Signing Day is on Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus.

Some 300-plus high school seniors who are expected to attend will have a chance to engage in Highline programs and get a taste of college life, said Fawzi Belal, Highline's as- sociate director of Community Engagement and Institutional Advancement.

Highline's goals include: get- ting students enthused about Highline and its programs; having them enrolled in for Fall Quarter 2019 by register- ing; and showing resources the college has available to support students in their endeavors, Be- lal said.

Senior Signing Day is for undecided seniors in the local area, who are not sure what steps to take, said Rashad Norris, director of Communi- ty Engagement and Outreach Services.

Senior Signing Day gives undecided and unsure seniors from local school districts an opportunity to explore an ed-

ucational path with Highline, and see the many programs and services that the college has to offer, Norris said.

Senior Signing Day is similar to high school athletes signing to the college of choice, Norris said.

When high school seniors attend this event, they have a chance to gain knowledge about the wide variety of pro- grams that Highline has to of-

A large part of this event is

devoted to professors educating high school seniors about dif- ferent programs.

"In a speed dating-type set- ting, professors from different programs talk about their pro- grams for 25 minutes, and then another professor talks for 25 minutes, and so on," Norris said.

In the middle of the day, the seniors will have lunch, and after, professors will continue talking about their programs.

This event also gives high school seniors a chance to visit resource tables where they can gain knowledge on pathways that fit their future endeavors.

Senior Signing Day also helps high school seniors realize that attending community col- leges is a very viable option after graduating from high school.

High school students are brought up to think to them- selves that if they are unable to attend a four-year college or university, they are considered dumb or not intelligent enough, Norris said.

At a community college, stu- dents can experience the low- cost and smaller classes that most colleges and universities do not offer, he said.

Almost 38 percent of high school seniors choose to attend two-year community colleges from high school, but commu- nity colleges are not pushed enough by the high schools, Norris said.

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If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

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Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

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