KRA Students Tour NSU

On March 30, 2011, eleven students from KRA’s In-School Youth Employability & Success (YES) program at Franklin High School joined members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to tour Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Virginia.  James Smith, NSU Assistant Director of Admissions, engaged the students in an information session, during which he challenged them with the importance of “designing the future they want and making the right choices for a bright and successful future.” He informed the students about application deadlines, scholarship opportunities, campus life, and the variety of academic programs offered at the Norfolk campus. He also spoke about the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the many opportunities to work on new and cutting-edge technologies and research there.  After the information session, the students toured the campus, which included stops at The President’s House, the 30,000-seat football stadium, and several residential halls. The tour ended at the new Student Center where students visited the bookstore and enjoyed lunch at the Food Court.  KRA believes that exposing YES students to local higher education environments and opportunities…as well as other motivated students like those who belong to FBLA and FCCLA…is an imtegral part of their future “employability and success”. NSU, founded during the Great Depression, began holding classes at the Hunton Branch YMCA in Norfolk more than 75 years ago, and today boasts 7,000 students on a 134-acre campus.  NSU’s mission is to “provide an affordable, high-quality education for a diverse student population, equipping them with the capability to become productive citizens who continuously contribute to a global and rapidly changing society.”