Southwest Tennessee Community College

August 11, 2004

CONTACT: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023

Southwest’s Gill Center taking novel approach to Fall registration in 2004

Students going off to College for the first time can sometimes find the idea of being out on their own quite daunting. There’s housing, insurance, banking services, tuition costs, books and a variety of other daily needs to worry about on top of getting registered for class. The Gill Center at Southwest Tennessee Community College is trying something new this coming registration by holding a “Community Fair” while students are on campus registering August 20.

“We are trying to provide students with a one-stop-shop so that they can find all the things they may need in order to go to college at this location,” said Gill Center Director Pat Anderson. “They need a student loan to pay for tuition and books; we’ve got a bank here that will help them. They need a place to live; we have a real estate agent to help them find it. They need daycare services; we will have day care centers here to help them.”

At the “Community Fair”, students will be able to register for their classes at Southwest and check out all the banking services offered by local banks, tuition assistance and GED assistance from the Army National Guard, services offered by local day care centers, housing assistance from local realtors and insurance for their cars, home and life from local insurance agents.

“College students also need to eat,” said Anderson. “So, with that in mind, the Center is working with local restaurants to offer coupons and discounts to Southwest students.” Also, during the registration period, the Center will offer students free soft drinks and popcorn.

The fair and registration will be located in the main building at the Gill Center at 3833 Mountain Terrace and will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

For more information on the event call (901) 333-5970.