DUBLIN — Two East Bladen High School counselors, Barretta Smith and Pamela Lewis, are working in the Financial Aid Department at Bladen Community College this summer to familiarize themselves with the financial aid process.
The purpose is to enhance their ability to provide information on financial aid options to their students who plan to attend college after high school.
Both are natives of Bladen County who have extensive knowledge of the county’s demographics.
Lewis has been employed in public education for 19 years and will enter her fifth year as a counselor at East Bladen this fall. Prior to entering counseling, she taught science in the Bladen County School District.
After completing high school at East Bladen, she attended North Carolina Central University, where she earned a degree in biology. She earned her teaching certificate at Fayetteville State University and her graduate degree in counseling from Liberty University.
After graduating from Bladenboro High School, Smith earned an associate degree from Peace College (now William Peace University) and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She later earned graduate degrees in counseling and school administration from Campbell University. She earned her doctorate of education (PhD) from Capella University.
She has been a counselor throughout her 11-year career in education.
According to BCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, the college has worked diligently with the local school district to build relationships beneficial to all parties — the public schools, the college, and most of all, the students.
He says that giving the counselors from the local high schools an opportunity to work at the college during the summers has been beneficial in building relationships between the two entities. Last summer, counselors from West Bladen High School worked at the college during the summer.
One West Bladen High counselor, Kimberly Denning, is again working at the college this summer.