Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club members and fellow Career and Technical Education (CTE) class members visited Johnson & Wales University and CPCC in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday, March 21st.
An Admissions Officer from Johnson & Wales stated that current enrollment is a little over 2,000 students representing 44 states and 21 different countries. Most students think of JWU as a Culinary school, but students can also obtain a Bachelor Degree in areas of Business, Accounting, and Marketing. JWU also offers over 1,000 paid internships every year which allow their students to become involved in their careers early.
After seeing Culinary students in action, club members had lunch in the JWU cafeteria eating food prepared by the actual JWU students themselves. Storm Newcomb a senior and peer tutor in PRHS’ Culinary program stated, "I can’t believe that I went to the college of my dreams. I’ve been in the Culinary program at PR for a year and to see what JWU students have for lunch compared to the PR cafeteria is mind blowing. I am really excited about continuing my studies in Culinary Arts at SPCC and hope to attend JWU in the future."
Students then traveled a short distance to visit the CPCC main campus. The actual tour took about 40 minutes, and then students listened to a presentation given by an Admissions Officer for CPCC. Students realized the opportunity to save thousands of dollars in tuition cost by attending a local community college first and then transferring to a 4-year college or university of their choice.
"I had a great time. As a freshman and sophomore, I didn’t think it was that important to visit colleges before you make your final decision, but it is important to actually see where you might be going rather than just looking at pictures online. I didn’t realize that the main CPCC campus was so big and right in the heart of Charlotte," said sophomore Glorious McIntosh.