ESL students get college experience at UNCC | News

The Cabarrus County Schools ESL (English as a Second Language) and Title III department partnered with the UNC Charlotte Dean of Students Office to organize a college tour experience for 8th grade English Language Learners. The purpose of the trip was to encourage students to begin thinking about the possibilities that are theirs with a college education by experiencing what it’s like to be a student on campus.

The Cabarrus County Schools ESL (English as a Second Language) and Title III department partnered with the UNC Charlotte Dean of Students Office to organize a college tour experience for 8th grade English Language Learners. The purpose of the trip was to encourage students to begin thinking about the possibilities that are theirs with a college education by experiencing what it’s like to be a student on campus.

Thirty-nine students from six middle schools (C.C. Griffin, Concord, Harris Road, Northwest Cabarrus, Hickory Ridge and Winkler) participated.

Students began their experience by learning about the programs offered through the Dean of Students office. Two UNCC students then shared their personal stories of why they decided to apply to college and their struggles and successes along the way. The second part of the experience involved students breaking into small groups assigned by the Dean of Students team. Each group was led by UNCC student leaders. Students used this time with their student leaders to ask questions and discuss college life, successes and challenges.

Students ate lunch in the Crown Commons dining hall. Following lunch, students took a walking tour of campus, including tours of some of the dorms, and learned about the university’s facilities, as well as student life, culture on campus, academics, and programs offered.

The experience ended at the Popp Martin Student Union where students received a small gift consisting of UNCC school spirit goodies to remember their visit.

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