By JOEL McNEECE
Exactly half of the 164 students that graduated from Bruce, Calhoun City, Vardaman and Calhoun Academy last May will be attending college at either Northwest or Itawamba Community Colleges.
Based on information acquired from local high school guidance counselors, 110 of the 164 graduates will be attending a Mississippi community college.
Northwest, whose district includes Calhoun County, will draw the largest number of Calhoun Countians with 47 of the 2011 graduates scheduled to enroll this fall.
The county’s tuition free program, which is available for any student, only applies for those attending Northwest. The program had five local students attending Northwest the first year and 11 last school year.
The tuition free program exhausts all other scholarship and grant opportunities before tapping into the county fund.
ICC is the next most attended college by Calhoun County students with 35 scheduled to enroll from the 2011 class. Other community colleges attracting Calhoun students this year are: Holmes 19, Northeast five, Mississippi Delta two, Hinds one, and Meridian Community College one.
Twenty Calhoun County students plan to enroll in universities this fall. Ole Miss leads the way with eight planning to attend. Five Calhoun students are scheduled to go to Mississippi State University; two each to Mississippi University for Women and Tennessee Tech; and one to Memphis, Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn State.
Three students are intending to enroll in Diesel College in Nashville.
A total of 31 students were undecided as to their college plans at the time of the survey.