ECC Celebrates New Students on Signing Day
More than a hundred Edgecombe County high school seniors declared their intention to attend Edgecombe Community College this fall at ECC Signing Day held at high schools earlier this month.
Signing Day is a national initiative to celebrate students for making a commitment to higher education.
Students, parents, and College and high school officials attended ECC Signing Day events on May 14 and May 15 at North Edgecombe, SouthWest Edgecombe, and Tarboro high schools, and North East Carolina Preparatory School.
A total of 106 seniors, or nearly one-fourth of the high school seniors in Edgecombe County, declared their intent to join the student body of Edgecombe Community College. Edgecombe County Public Schools seniors number 438 and will graduate over the next week.
“Thank you for choosing Edgecombe Community College, your county, and your community,” ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod told the students. “Whether you plan to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school, we believe that ECC is the best place to start and prepare for a bright future ahead.
“We care about our students, and we are committed to them. We want you to start strong and stay strong throughout your time with us, and we will be with you every step of the way,” he said.
Among the 106 seniors were 40 EDGE Scholarship recipients. Through the EDGE Scholarship, students with a 2.8 GPA in high school and who meet other criteria receive full funding at the level of in-state tuition – after all other sources of funding are exhausted.
Jaqueline Fuentes, a senior at North Edgecombe, plans to pursue a degree in Nursing. “My mom wanted me to go to college, and I chose ECC because it’s close to home,” she said.
North Edgecombe senior Tremayne Pittman also is interested in ECC’s Nursing program. “I like to help people,” he explained. “My grandmother had back surgery, and I took care of her. Also, I would be too homesick if I went away to college.”
North East Carolina Prep seniors Jonathan Turner and Marcus Wilford agreed that family and friends were important factors in their decision to enroll at ECC. “My brother did the same thing and studied Criminal Justice,” Turner explained. “I’ve heard from many that it’s a great place to start college.”
Wilford added that he has numerous family members and friends who chose Edgecombe and were pleased with their experience.
Caroline Hampton, a senior at SouthWest Edgecombe, plans to study Nursing at ECC then transfer to UNC Wilmington to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “I’ll save money by staying close to home, and I’m not ready to move away yet,” she said. “I will be, but not yet. Starting at ECC just made sense.”
See Signing Day photos on Facebook:
- North Edgecombe High School
- Tarboro High School
- North East Carolina Prep School
- SouthWest Edgecombe High School