PSC, Tech Center to help College-Bound students

Rene Trezise (L), director of marketing and communications for Potomac State College, and Linda Porter, with the Mineral County Technical Center's student support services, are at work on a column that will offer tips for the college-bound and their families, examining such issues as financial aid and the benefits of on campus living. The column will run twice a month on the education page of the Mineral Daily News-Tribune, beginning Saturday, Jan. 10. Tribune photo by Jon Gillooly

The road to college is paved with headaches.

Students worry about being accepted to the college of their choice - ever try enrolling at Harvard? - and are then faced with the staggering cost - one year at Harvard is $37,928 and change. Then there's the question of living at home and saving the money earmarked for a dormitory or living on campus to get "the college experience."

It's all very troublesome without an advisor to lead the way.

With this in mind, the Mineral County Technical Center, guidance counselors at Frankfort and Keyser high schools, and Potomac State College are collaborating on a column for the college-bound and their families that will run twice a month in the Mineral Daily News-Tribune, beginning Saturday, January 10.

The series will explain the intricacies of paying for a college education, whether that's through loans, scholarships, grants, or all three. Students will also learn the benefits of attending a small college and a large one, and how to go about enrolling.

 

The column is made possible through a grant from the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education, a two-year, $10,000 a year grant obtained by Linda Porter, who works with student support services at the Mineral County Technical Center.

"Of course, I hope students will choose Potomac State," said collaborator Rene Trezise, director of marketing and communications at Potomac State College. "We pride ourselves on giving students a solid foundation in starting their college career. But should they choose elsewhere, we're all for the betterment of the individual."

And that betterment doesn't just come from being more valuable in the job market, she added.

"A college education helps build your self-worth and confidence, and there's not a monetary value on that. That's invaluable."

Posted January 8, 2004