Jackson County FBLA organization visits TTU's College of Business
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 6, 2009) – A recent tour of Tennessee Tech University gave students in Jackson County High School’s Future Business Leaders of America organization a glimpse of what it might be like to be a college business student.
The idea originated from Cheryl Montgomery, a native of Jackson County who now works as the director of development in TTU’s College of Business.
“I just wanted the students from Jackson County to know what is available to them here at the university. There are so many options and choices available to them here not so far away from home,” she said.
Organized by the College of Business, the tour brought 16 students and JCHS club sponsor Kristy Chaffin to campus.
The group was treated to lunch and a tour of the campus and learned about the different degree concentrations within the College of Business, while having the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of faculty and student ambassadors.
“Our students really enjoyed their trip to TTU’s College of Business and are already asking if we are going back again next year,” Chaffin said. “Not only did the students meet TTU student ambassadors, who may become their peers, but they also met several professors they may have an opportunity to learn under.
“Our students were given information about what it would be like for the first two years at TTU, including what classes they would take, as well as where they could live and what organizations they could join,” she said.
“The entire campus contributed positively to this event in some way,” said Amy Jo Carpenter, coordinator of the Student to Career program in the College of Business and the event organizer.
“That kind of experience not only helps those students create a personal vision of what a college student is and what the college experience should be like, but it helps them to actually visualize themselves in that situation,” she said.
Carpenter said the College of Business hopes to be able to expand the program in the future and invite FBLA clubs at other high schools for similar visits.
And who knows? The high school students taking the tour this year could be the TTU Business Student Ambassadors helping to lead such tours in years to come.
For more information about how other area FBLA clubs or student organizations can schedule a College of Business tour, call Carpenter at 931/372-6198 or e-mail her at