YORK -- Looking for ideas on how to pay for college?
York Comprehensive High School students and staff might be able to offer some words of wisdom.
The school will be featured on S.C. ETV, Comporium cable channel 15 , from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in an annual show called "Finding Money for College."
A television crew spent a day at the high school in November interviewing guidance counselors and students to get their advice about how to pay for college.
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YCHS was selected for the show by the state Department of Education because of the work it has done to help students apply and pay for college, the show's producers said.
The school's guidance counselors make sure students have easy access to information, said Sue Hilton, YCHS guidance director. The school's Web site offers links to information about financial aid and universities, and the staff also distributes newsletters on a regular basis to inform students and parents about scholarships and how to prepare for college.
About 60 percent of students at YCHS go on to post-secondary education. The majority of those will have some kind of financial assistance or scholarship, Hilton said.
Experts to take calls
Sunday's show also will include a live call-in and panel of experts, including Hilton.
"We taped two segments at the school: One highlighting guidance services provided to YCHS students to assist them in securing funds for college and one with senior students talking peer to peer, telling what had been effective in terms of their working to find money for college," said instructional television coordinator Bette Jamison, who worked with ETV to produce the show.
Zack McCarter, a York senior who hopes to attend Winthrop University in the fall, was chosen for the show. The crew asked him questions about what he did to get ready for college and what helped him.
"I think (the show) would be really helpful to anybody who watched it," McCarter said.
While getting ready for college can be time consuming, the guidance staff at York helped him through the process, he said.
"Our guidance counselors do such a great job at York, helping us out to get information and everything sent off," he said. "They're always available, and that's one thing that helps a lot."
Students 'great on camera'
The students interviewed for the show did an excellent job, Jamison said.
"They were all great on camera and did a good job of expressing what helped them," she said. "Actually, they rank as some of the best we have interviewed for this program. We enjoyed meeting each one of them and hearing about their higher education plans."
Hilton said it was an honor for the school to be chosen for the show.
"We're proud," she said. "Little York, we don't always get the bigger accolades that some of the other bigger ones get. We were just proud that, among all the area districts they could have called, they called and asked for us."
The school has put a lot of effort into encouraging students that a college education is obtainable for them, Hilton said.
"Our focus is for everybody to do some kind of post-secondary learning," Hilton said.