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SPC Day Live -- June 2013
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LWC Community Celebrates School of Professional Counseling

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 [9:15 AM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Danii Vanderpool is usually sitting in classroom in Prestonsburg, Ky., on a Saturday morning.


But Saturday, June 23, she and more than 250 other Lindsey Wilson College colleagues participated in the college's School of Professional Counseling Day.


"This was my first time to the campus, and I enjoyed meeting people from other campuses," said Vanderpool, who attends LWC classes on the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Prestonsburg, Ky., campus.


The annual day brings together the students, faculty and staff from LWC's School of Professional Counseling, which in addition to the A.P. White Campus in Columbia includes 26 community campuses in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The day offers seminars about the counseling profession, opportunities to network with other students and college professionals and campus tours.


"We hope you take something away from this day," said Tommie Ann Saragas, an SPC regional enrollment director, told students during lunch in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. "Students usually take something away from days like this -- whether it was a moment in the (John B. Begley) Chapel, a meeting with a faculty member or an interaction with a fellow student."


Through an innovative partnership with community colleges, community campus students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in human services and counseling or a master of education in counseling and human development while taking courses at the community college campus.


More than 2,000 students have graduated from the 11-year-old SPC community campus program, which includes more than 70 faculty and staff.


"We've seen so many studentsgraduate and achieve their dreams because of this program," said LWC SPC Director of Enrollment Ryan Vitatoe.


Vanderpool said the program's weekend, nearly year-round format is ideal for her. A mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Vanderpool likes that she can work during the week while taking undergraduate classes on weekends.


"The format is very convenient for me because it lets me spend more time with my daughter," she said.


Samantha Neeley, a graduate student at the Prestonsburg Community Campus, said she likes the program's delivery system because she can continue to work full-time while also being a full-time graduate student.

"I wanted to go to grad school, but I didn't want to have to stop working, and the Lindsey Wilson program went best with my schedule," said Neeley, who works at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center of Prestonsburg.

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