ALC students attend ‘Issues and Eggs’

By Elizabeth Williamson | Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated ISSUES AND EGGS — Pictured from left are Brenda Arrowood, Elizabeth Williamson and Danielle Ashe. Standing is Lani Kasten, ALC social studies teacher. The group attended a recent 'Issues and Eggs' meeting.

Alternative Learning Center students attended a recent “Issues and Eggs” morning meeting at the Laurel Ridge Country Club. “Issue and Eggs” is sponsored by Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and is a forum where businesses meet to discuss important issues and enjoy a delicious breakfast. ALC students Brenda Arrowood, Dalton Haney, Kala Duckett, Danielle Ashe, ALC social studies teacher, Lani Kasten and Caroline Williamson, C-STARS coordinator, attended the event. Thanks to the sponsorship from Old Town Bank and Lurissia Hendrix, corporate secretary, the group had the opportunity to talk to some key community leaders about Lenoir Rhyne and Haywood Community College, learn about the work place and companies in the community, work morale and discuss some of the job opportunities within Haywood County.

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce holds “Issues and Eggs” to talk about how to better the community. The chamber introduced new businesses arriving to Haywood County, what their businesses do and what goals they have for the growing community. The guest speaker from Lenoir Rhyne College discussed how to better the work place by motivating employees using active listing, positive feedback and building strong relationships with employees and employers through trust.

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce presents a Business of the Month award every month and this month was First Citizens Bank. They appreciated seeing the dedication of a company that has been involved in the Haywood community for over 100 years.

Furthermore, the students talked to leaders who work at Haywood Community College and discussed key issues like grants, financial aid, enrollment and what it is like to study/work at HCC. The students enjoyed themselves and what they learned. When a few students were asked to comment on their experiences they all said it was an extremely positive experience.

“It was great,” said Elizabeth Williamson. “I loved getting to meet some new people in the community and learn how to do better in the work place.”

“I enjoyed the food a lot and I loved meeting people in the county cause I’m new to North Carolina,” said Brenda Arrowood, ALC junior.

“I think the entire experience was good, especially for people who are going into the work force,” said Kayla Duckett, ALC senior. “Because it teaches them how to act and what they expect you to behave while at work.”

Overall, the students from the Alternative Learning Center appreciated the opportunity to become involved in the growing Haywood community and learn vital skills involved in being a part of the work force. The students will take what they’ve learned and transfer these skills into their educational and professional careers.

Alternative Learning Center is located in the former Hazelwood Elementary School in Hazelwood. ALC serves high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are earning or recovering credits to graduate with a Haywood County high school diploma. ALC has graduated over 300 students since 2007.

Elizabeth Williamson is a junior at the Alternative Learning Center.