Plant City FAMU Chapter hosts Career Day

By: Dayle Greene

 

Florida A&M University National Alumni Association’s Plant City Chapter, held a Career Day at Greater New Hope Anointed Ministries located at 2104 Mud Lake Rd., Plant City, FL 33566.  The event was held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:00am.  Our hope is to inspire upcoming youth to attend our beloved FAMU to get a sense of what it’s like to achieve academically and become part of a unique learning experience.  Although this was a FAMU event, non-Rattler's attended too.  Schools repped were: Bethune-Cookman, Albany State, Fla Memorial, Tuskegee, Southern & of course FAMU.  Our special guest speaker, FAMU’s Vice President, Dr. William Hudson, was a chocfamu-plant-city1.jpgk-full of inspiration, knowledge, and power.  He talked about the tangible & intangible benefits of attending an HBCU.  

What was unique about this program is it was held during church service at Greater New Hope Anoninted Ministries.  It all started with a casual conversation between Tracy Weldon (a former quarterback @ FAMU) & his classmate, Dr. William Hudson, Jr., Vice-President of Student Affairs at Florida A&M University.  Weldon approached Pastor Callins of Greater New Hope to get his approval & he immediately said yes.  I have never seen a minster allow his entire service to be redirected in such a relevant & purposeful manner!!!  Alumni from various schools, mostly men, told what their profession was, major & when they graduated.  12 seniors, mostly from Polk County, we're processed for admission.  They were Black, white & Hispanic.

The takeaway was that there were more role models there than I have ever seen during an 11:00 o'clock church service: old school, new school, recent school & current school. Hats off to the Plant City Chapter of the FAMU Alumni Association for doing such an outstanding job.
Finally, there were folk there from: Miami, Mobile, Mulberry, Lakeland, Tallahassee, Orlando, St. Petersburg & Tampa.  
After I introduced myself, a young man (probably 10th or 11th grade) from Lake Wales asked me if he could go on my next college tour. "I have visited BCU but I want to see more", he said.   Ditto from two mentors, one from Plant City & one from Lakeland, saying the same.  Others expressed that they were sold on FAMU in particular and HBCU's in general.

If you are an alumni of FAMU and want to be a part of the Plant City Chapter, please contact Mesha Stubbs at, meshtay@yahoo.com or (813) 468-5603.

 


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