Dan Rosenthal, faculty of information technology and business programs, speaks with Transylvania County middle school students about college programs.

Career Exploration: Transylvania County Eighth-Graders Tour Blue Ridge Campuses

Featured Photos:1) Above: Dan Rosenthal, faculty of information technology and business programs, speaks with Transylvania County middle school students about college programs. 2) Below: Blue Ridge Career Coach Will King speaks with students in the College’s cosmetology dept. on April 12, 2024. (Photos by: Benjamin Rickert)


Marketing & Communications Dept.This article was adapted from the original article by Career Coach Will King published by the Transylvania Times.

To foster a desire for learning and career exploration, Blue Ridge Community College hosted the eighth grade students of Transylvania County Schools for the annual College Day Event on April 12, 2024. The students toured both the Transylvania and Henderson County campuses, and they experienced presentations and hands-on activities from community partners and college faculty. The purpose of the event was to introduce the students to education and career options they can pursue as they progress through high school and beyond. 

During the field trip, students learned about careers in public service, engineering, machining, automotive technologies, early childhood education, interpreter education and information technology. Students also heard from current Career & College Promise (CCP) students about their experiences taking college courses while enrolled in high school classes. 

The CCP program is a statewide initiative that allows high school students to dual enroll in tuition-free college classes while attending high school. 

Blue Ridge Career Coach Will King speaks with students in the College's cosmetology dept. on April 12, 2024.

Will King is a career coach at Blue Ridge, and he works with middle and high school students to help them meet their educational and career goals.

“Middle school is a time of exploration for most students,” said King. “The eighth grade event is designed to introduce students to different education and career options that some students may not be familiar with or have not considered. The idea behind the College Day event is to get students to start thinking about the career they would like to pursue now, and the kind of education or training they will need for that career. That way, they can start working on the training or education, so they have a leg up when they complete high school.”

If Transylvania County students would like to talk to King about their career options or would like to explore a particular career further, he can be reached at 828-243-3960 or wking@blueridge.edu. Additionally, the College’s One Stop can answer student questions and connect them to needed coaches or admissions counselors. The One Stop can be called at (828) 694-1800 in Henderson County or (828) 694-1900 in Transylvania County.