Series to offer advice for college admission


Word Tabernacle Church is sponsoring a series of three college planning seminars in the coming weeks.


Staff Writer

Friday, April 21, 2017

Word Tabernacle Church is sponsoring a series of seminars to help local students seeking college admission.

The church is working with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, Townsend College Consultancy and several other organizations to offer three college planning seminars in the coming weeks. All seminars will take place in the Worship Center at Word Tabernacle Church.

Kyle-Durrell Johnson, youth director for the church, said the seminars will be offered to help equip students and families for the college admission process.

“We will host a series of seminars which go beyond 10-point steps and tips,” Johnson said. “Melanie Townsend will be equipping families with strategies to get into their dream school, get scholarship money and to conquer the daunting task of college acceptance.”

Townsend, who will be leading the seminars, is originally from Memphis and attended Bethel College and the University of Arkansas, where she studied management and organizational development and operations management. She went on to work in the field of logistics and operations for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Townsend also has spent roughly 10 years volunteering as an adviser and mentor to young college-bound women in the Memphis area. Now, as the head of Townsend College Consultancy, she is expanding her work in this arena as she also works to complete her dissertation toward her doctorate degree in public service leadership. In addition, she volunteers as a member of the Junior Guild of Rocky Mount and the Junior League of Raleigh.

Three different seminars will be held at the church. Students and families can determine which seminar to attend by looking at the GPA on the most recent report card.

“There will be three college planning seminars based on GPA because GPAs, along with other factors, will dictate how families prepare for college, which colleges and scholarships they can apply to and the best steps for them to take,” Johnson said. “The goal is to go beyond the basic overview and to help guide families based on their specific demographic and situation. The seminars will have break-out sessions for how to search for the most viable scholarships, tips for student athletes and how to navigate college applications for schools ranging from Ivy League to state schools.”

The Track One seminar for students with a GPA higher than 3.5 will be held from 9 to 11 a.m Saturday. Students with estimated GPAs of 3.0 to 3.5 can attend the Track Two seminar from 10 a.m. to noon May 13, while students with GPAs below 3.0 can attend the Track Three seminar from 10 a.m. to noon May 27.

The seminars are free and open to the public. While they will be geared toward sophomores and juniors, Johnson said all middle- and high-school students are welcome to attend in hopes that they can gain some information and insight about how to properly plan for college based on their current GPA or the GPA they hope to achieve.

Anyone who is an advocate for youth and families in the community also is welcome to attend, and there are no limits to registration. Participants can register for the event at www.wordtab.net