NORFOLK, NE – A program at Northeast Community College designed to give high school seniors a taste of college is seeing growing enrollment.
Now in its third year, the Fridays @ Northeast program, which allows high school seniors to spend the final day of their school week on campus as college students, introduces students to a variety of career and technical education classes that lead directly into programs of study upon completion of their high school education.
This year, over 80 students from 17 schools are enrolled in 29 courses that take place each Friday on Northeast campuses in Norfolk, O’Neill, and South Sioux City.
Lyle Kathol, vice president of educational services, told the students during an orientation session that they are in the right place at this point in their lives.
“If there has been a career that you have been wondering about, if there is a career that you are really focused on, or, if you just want to experience what it’s like to be in college, you’re in the right place and
we appreciate you being here.”
“Fridays @ Northeast is designed with you in mind. It’s designed for us to work with you directly … one-on-one, if you will … to help architect your future,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, president. “We are providing you opportunities so you can choose what you want to look at, what you want to explore, and what you want to experiment with and experience.”
Programs include animal science, automotive technology, certified nurse assistant, early childhood education, emergency medical technician (EMT), engineering, graphic design, horticulture, lifetime wellness, and welding.
Students enrolled in the Fridays @ Northeast program are from the following high schools, Allen, Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Chambers, Creighton, Madison, Norfolk Senior High, Norfolk Catholic, O’Neill, St. Mary’s in O’Neill, Osmond, Ponca, Rock County, Stanton, Stuart, Winside. Some homeschooled students are also enrolled.
“Make this your experience, not ours,” Chipps said. “We will be behind you, we’ll support you with our wrap around services to make sure you’re successful. But the one essential piece of the formula is you.”
Alan Darnall, automotive technology instructor at Northeast Community College, speaks with high school seniors enrolled in the College’s Fridays @ Northeast program. Over 80 students from 17 schools are getting a taste of college this year by enrolling in any of 29 courses that take place each Friday on Northeast campuses in Norfolk, O’Neill, and South Sioux City.