Nationally recognized speaker and author, Odell Bizzell, speaks to high school students during ECSU’s pre-college program, PREP, Saturday, March 10.

While university students are on campus pursuing their degrees, another group at Elizabeth City State University is busy preparing future students for success.

On Saturday, March 10, two of ECSU’s Pre-College programs, NC-MSEN and the Upward Bound Program, hosted a PREP (Practical Real-World Experiences and Preparation) Day for 65 high school students.

The day began with a greeting provided by Dr. Derrick Wilkins, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. During his greeting, he recounted his experience as a student at ECSU and encouraged the students to explore the possibility of attending the university.

After the greeting, Odell Bizzell II, a nationally known speaker and author who has presented on the same stages as celebrities like Stephen A. Smith and Oprah Winfrey, presented a workshop entitled, “Things My Parent’s Didn’t Tell Me About Money.” During the workshop, he provided strategies and tips for the students to make good financial decisions.

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Originally published March 15, 2018. Written by Dr. Kimberly Stanley.

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