Students from St. Clairsville to Salem, and almost everywhere in between, got the chance to learn about an alternative to going straight to a four-year university post high school graduation. Eastern Gateway Community College’s main Steubenville campus was flooded with high school juniors and seniors Tuesday for their annual College Fest.
“We consider ourselves to be a 50-year-old best kept secret because of our credentialed faculty, our courses are all accredited by the higher learning commission, so our programs transfer. It’s just a great place for students to get started,” said Dr. Ken Knox, vice president of academic affairs.
Many of the students in attendance already have a plan to do just that.
“Since my GPA is so high and my ACT scores passed, I’ll be coming here for two years for free, then, I’ll further my education at West Liberty,” said Jefferson County JVS senior, Karlie Ighnat.
“I want to go here for business because it’s right around where my family lives, and it’s cheaper, and it’s a nice area,” said classmate, Quintasia Slappy.
Nearly 1,000 students from 15 schools on both sides of the river were able to hear about what EGCC has to offer them. Some are already enrolled in classes while in high school to get a jump start.
“The students are having a great time,” said dean of enrollment services, Ryan Ogrodnik. “They’re eating, mixing it up, visiting colleges. They’re going to information sessions. You can walk into an information session on welding. You can walk in on medical assisting, information technology, so they’re having the chance to be exposed to different academic programs.”
EGCC’s main campus is in Stuebenville, known for years as Jefferson Community College or Jeff Tech, but they now have campuses and centers in both Warren and Youngstown.