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JENAINE PIGOTTE, Sahketha Brown and Tamesha Livingstone art among II high school students
enrolled in the cosmetology program at Brunswick Community College.
BY SUSAN USHER
Some wanted a head start on their
vocation; others, to I cam a skill not
offered at their particular high school
or to explore a career possibility.
Those are the reasons approxi
mately 20 county students gave for
enrolling in courses at Brunswick
Community College for the 1993-94
term while still enrolled in high
Under two programs ? Huskins
Bill and dual enrollment, high school
students ages 16 and older can take
college curriculum courrts at a com
munity college, earn college credits
and possibly high school credits
too, ? with tuition waived.
Under the Huskins Bill, BCC can
offer class sections just for high
school students in courses not offered
by their public school. The other op
tion, dual enrollment, allows ad
vanced high school students to main
stream into existing college curricu
lum classes; no county students took
advantage of that opportunity this
After taking three hours of course
work at their high school, students re
port to class at BCC's main campus
in Suppiy, where they are treated ?
and graded ? like any mhrr
For the cooperating schools, the
experiences of these teenagers and
those before them help improve artic
ulation between high school and col
lege classes, part of an attempt to in
sure that students who continue their
education at the community college
level are better prepared.
For some students the experience
was pleasantly surprising, for others,
college offered a shock or two, in
cluding a glimpse of how some of the
subjects and skills taught in high
school can be useful later.
For West Brunswick students
Tamesha Livingstone and Sahketha
Brown, a BCC class reaffirmed life
long career plans.
"I like people and I like to experi
ment with hair. This is something I
had planned on doing ever since I
was growing up," said Tamesha,
pausing in the middle of a comb-out
of a mannekin. "But I didn't know
there would be so much bookwork."
They are two of 16 students (down
to 11 by the end of the year) from
West and South Brunswick high
schools who enrolled in a basic cos
metology class section created just
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Normally the students would ei
ther be in class or out on the "floor"
with real customers. But this is exam
tune; hence the mannekins. Galloway
Some students, like Tammy
Roberson and Shawnda Hewen, who
wants to eventually open her own
business, will continue training this
summer, encouraged by prospects of
getting a cosmetology license and go
ing to work quickly.
Others plan summer jobs in other
fields, with the hope of saving money
to either return to BfT or continue
their education elsewhere come fell.
MICHAEL TOMPKINS and Nathan Francis , South Brunswick
High School students , replace brake pads on a car owned by for
mer BCC auto mechanics enrollee Mike Wescott, now a student at
N.C. State University.
"I'm glad I took it," said AJi
Karagiannis. "I have always liked
working with hair but never thought
I'd do it for a living. This has helped
me decide. I will probably do this for
a fs*A* years, mVc auuac inuucy and
then go on to something else."
Ditto for Tamara (Tammy) Rob
erson. whn 44 1 J'jj better
go ahead and finish or I might not be
able to come back.
"I decided if I don't want to do this
all of my life, I think it would help
pay for what I do want to do later,
like going to college."
High school students who enroll in
cosmetology next fall will have better
learning conditions, Galloway said.
This year they had to "borrow"
shampoo sink space from other BCC
classes. Next year their classroom
will be fully equipped for up to 20
Prospects are good for high school
students enrolling in BCC's electron
ics program as well.
West Brunswick High School stu
dents Eric Andreis, Jay Gould, David
Fulwood and Benki Makin, along
with Brian Yow and Jason Wilkes,
signed up for courses in principles of
electricity and technical math, both
required in BCC's electronics engi
neering technology program. Make c
decent grade and pass the end-of-the
course test and they could earn not
only credit toward a two-year degree,
bui aiso a physics credit toward their
high school diploma.
This stuff is pretty hard," Eric
said, not the easy credits he had an
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"Real hard," added Jay.
What they recognized quickly was
the need for a stronger technical/ap
plied math background Their high
scnooi math had not prepared them
for college-level technical math.
There's a chance future enrol lees
Will liaVC uidi miaaiug elements.
Beefing up high school technical
math so that students will be better
prepared for community college
work is one goal of the new Tech
Prep program being instituted by
Brunswick County Schools and
BCC lead electronics instructor
Billy Lee has been "very understand
ing," the students said.
According to Lee, the electronics
program courses "really lay a good
foundation for a lot of career choic
es." If students decide to continue in
the program, some of the first-year
pressure will be off with one course
behind them, he said, and they can
concentrate on doing well in their re
Program graduates can enter the
workforce directly, and often find
their jobs easier than their course
work was, or continue on in a four
year degree program. For example,
they can transfer to UNC-CharloUe
with 64 credit hours.
For South Brunswick High School
seniors Michael Tompkins and
Nathan Francis, BCC was able to
provide a vocational program their
high school doesn't offer auto me
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For High School Students
Taught by Roy Homaday, the af
ternoon course provided training in
inspecting, diagnosing, repairing and
adjusting automotive vehicles
through both classwork and shop
practice. Next year he will offer after
noon clssscs in braking systems ami
suspension and steering systems if
inh itinUnti sitm tin from hioh
schools that don't offer their own au
to mechanics programs.
Most high school students who en
roll in Hornaday's classes do so for
personal enrichment, to learn more
about their own vehicles, not to get
ahead in a career.
While he plans to move to Nevada
ways wanted "to mess with cars" and
may eventually gel a degree in airio
mechanics. Nathan will be leaving
for the US. Army and a career in de
molition work such as bomb disman
"it's too bad," said Homaaay.
"Everybody's hollering for mechan
ics and they're all leaving."
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