The Naylor Learning Center recently hosted a two-day College Experience visit in conjunction with Randolph County Schools. The visit introduced local students to the transitional and supportive services offered through the NLC on Davis & Elkins’ campus.

The NLC offers academic support; disabilities services, including 504 accommodations; and a supported learning program focused on providing supplemental academic support for students with learning differences or other disabilities.

Thirteen students and three teachers spent two days learning about college life, covering everything from presentations on “A Day in the Life of a College Student” by Amy Snively, Academic Coach; to a presentation from the Financial Office on “How Do I Pay for College?”

Katie Preusch, Special Education Teacher at Elkins High School, said, “Many students feel as though they could never afford college, and it was amazing how many grants and scholarships Davis & Elkins could provide our students.  Davis & Elkins also offers services for their students with learning disabilities.  By the end of the two-day experience, 80% of our students were interested in applying for Davis and Elkins College.”

During their visit, students enjoyed a tour of the campus including experiencing their meals in the campus’s cafeteria. The group wrapped up their visit to Davis & Elkins with an ice cream social held on the commons.

Alison Shields, a Supported Learning Program Instructor for the Naylor Center and organizer of the visit stated, “The event was a wonderful educational experience for the students.  It was exciting to watch them explore campus and become engaged with the D&E community.”