Humboldt 5th Graders Visit Bethel
More than 100 fifth graders arrived on the school’s McKenzie campus and were greeted by education majors who gave guided tours of the Bethel campus. The students had a picnic lunch on the grounds and got to have a real feel for college life getting to hear Bethel’s Renaissance performing arts choir and watching and participating in presentations by student organizations.
The Humboldt group is just the beginning of what Bethel says they would like to do in planting seeds with young students that a college education is feasible.
According to the Digest of Education Statistics, in 2006 the percentage of high school completers in Tennessee who enrolled in college was around 64 percent, just slightly lower than the national average of 66 percent.
Education faculty members at Bethel said they want to see that number rise.
Affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethel University offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a variety of learning platforms.