Student/Parent Outreach

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A unique, first-time, open house was held on the Peachtree campus of Tri-County Community College (TCCC) on the evening of March 27, 2014, for area junior/senior high school students and their parents. The event, known as What’s Next, helped area families explore the higher education opportunities that are available at Tri-County Community College.


“We were extremely pleased with the response to our efforts for this event and the actual turnout of participants and parents,” said Robert (Bo) Gray, TCCC Vice President for College and Community Initiatives. “The students were engaged, inquisitive, and really seemed to benefit from all of the information that was available during the open house.”

Some of the financial aspects of attending the local community college were addressed by Diana Owl, Director of Financial Aid at TCCC. During her presentation she specifically discussed the subject of financial aid.

According to Owl, it is important that anyone who will be attending TCCC during the 2014-2015 school year, and that will be applying for financial aid, will have to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the website no later than July 14, 2014.

Owl also pointed out that students who want to apply for a TCCC Scholarship only have until April 15 to submit their scholarship applications to the college.

“All the information was helpful and important,” said Molly Howard, mother of Morgan Nichols who attends Hiwassee Dam High School.

In addition to meeting with the faculty and current students, attendees were able to view and learn about the many different areas of study available at TCCC and hear about student life on campus. One hundred and fifty students and parents attended the three-hour open house.

“This was a very important event to get area high school students and their parents on the campus to provide them with vital information of what Tri-County have to offer,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, TCCC Marketing and Communications Specialist. ”The event exceeded our expectations in attendance and proved to be a benefit to both us and the families that attended.

“We offer the local high school students the opportunity to earn their two-year degree without ever leaving home,” said Ortega. “That saves a family a lot of money in tuition and housing costs.”