Go Northwest brings hundreds of area students to Senatobia

    High school seniors still deciding what to do after graduation got the chance to visit Northwest Mississippi Community College and learn about a variety of academic and extracurricular programs offered during the “Go Northwest” program Nov. 17 and 18.

    The program was held on the Senatobia campus in the David M. Haraway Center. Each day after registration and the welcome, the participants watched a video presentation featuring current students’ testaments about what they like most about the school and how they get involved academically and outside the classroom.

    It gave students the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about their field of study, according to assistant director of Recruiting, Abby Red.  “Even for those unsure about which major to choose, we hope that after their visit they will feel more comfortable about their next step after high school,” said Red. 

    “We had a great response from our area high schools and appreciate so many people on campus who volunteered to help make the two-day program a success,” said Jere Herrington, director of Recruiting. 

    The students were welcomed by Associate Vice President of Educational Affairs, Dr. Matthew Domas. “Our college is welcoming and inviting,” said Domas. The students watched a short video that consisted of some of Northwest’s faculty members and students, followed by a PowerPoint presentation about different careers to choose from and the top jobs in today’s economy presented by Northwest’s Math Lab Coordinator, Jacob Lanthrip. “You have to have a passion in order to be successful,” said Lanthrip.

    “Students were given information about the college, as well as specific majors and job opportunities,” said Herrington. “I think the students enjoyed the entire program, but breaking out by major was very informational for them.”

    Two seniors were awarded half-tuition scholarships to Northwest. Recipients were Jalessa Kizer from H.W Byers High School and Hayden Crawford from Delta Academy. “I’m undecided, but I am leaning toward the John Deere program,” said Crawford.

    The Northwest steel drum band provided entertainment during the luncheon followed by optional campus tours. Reservations for the two program days were available on a first-come, first-served basis. Two hundred and fifty students participated the first day, 200 during the second.

    Academic majors featured at the event included: accounting, art, business administration, communications/public relations, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice, exercise science, health related professions, general college, journalism, mathematics, music, nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-forensic science, pre-architecture, pre-engineering, psychology, speech/theatre, social work and career-technical majors.

    Pictured above….Northwest Director of Recruiting, Jere Herrington congratulates Hayden Crawford of Delta Academy for winning the half-tuition scholarship as a door prize at the Go Northwest recruitment event at Northwest Mississippi Community College on Nov. 17. (Photo by Shaneka Flowers)