In early May, juniors from Midlands Middle College continued their female leadership development by participating in career mentoring and lunch at the Capital City Club. The purpose of the leadership development luncheon was to encourage the students to become role models for other females at MMC; to demonstrate soft skills, professional traits and dress; to give students a chance to ask questions about the careers of the individual mentors and to talk about their own career aspirations and choices.
The young ladies in the program met with professional women from Midlands Middle College Board of Directors: Dr. Diane Carr, Midlands Technical College; Elaine Delk, USC; Dr. Christine LaCola, Columbia College; Val Richardson, Palmetto Health and Dr. Kaye Shaw, Midlands Regional Education Center and MEBA. Kay Barlow with MEBA and Donna Waites from Sisters of Charity met with the young ladies and are also included in this two-year project sponsored by Sisters of Charity. Attending personnel from Midlands Middle College include Principal Carole Fearrington and Carie Knight, a teacher at the school.
When asked about her favorite part of the experience, Hannah Smith, a junior at Midlands Middle College, said, “My favorite part was talking to the college leader at my table; she asked me about my future and seemed interested in me.” It’s motivating for these young students to have someone outside their immediate circle of friends and family take an interest in them. We are so thrilled to be able to offer the invaluable opportunities to our students!