According to a study by U.S. News, North Carolina ranks extremely low at 45th place out of the 50 states in preparing high school students for “College Readiness.” Therefore, the local Charlotte community is coming together again for an even bigger Academic Advantage event, hosted by Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery.
Due to the great turnout from the last Academic Advantage event, the local practice has decided to make it larger this fall to keep up with student demand. The last Academic Advantage event was held on December 3, 2016 and the practice had to cut off RSVPs because the event hit capacity. With the help of participating colleges and medical experts, the free Academic Advantage event will help prepare these future college students to pursue their higher education goals and give them insight into healthcare career options.
Academic Advantage helps students learn about career paths in the medical field and provide the guidance they need to pursue their dream job. Because of North Carolina’s low standing in preparing students for higher education, Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery’s Academic Advantage event aims at providing students with a learning opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming doctors. Without helping students prepare for the college admissions process, there would be very few students that would pursue their passion of helping others. The Academic Advantage event will host five speakers and have booths with information and volunteer opportunities from several local colleges and non-profit organizations.
“Most students don’t know which path to take to become nurses or doctors; there aren’t many resources for young students curious about the medical field,” said Dr. Amir Marashi of Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery. “It’s important for current medical professionals to engage with students who are interested in the medical field, because those who attend this event could very likely be the future of the healthcare industry.”
Along with Dr. Marashi, Dr. Mohammad Bolouri, a neurologist at Alzheimer’s Memory Center, Dr. Kavi Sagunarthy, a general dentist at Gold Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Dave Filz, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, will teach students and their parents not only about the healthcare industry, but about the specifics of their specialties.
Johnson & Wales University, UNC Charlotte, Kings College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and Central Piedmont Community College will provide students with information about their education programs and answer questions. Second Harvest Food Bank and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region will share their organization’s information and provide volunteer opportunities to students to help bolster their college applications.
The Academic Advantage event will be held at the South Charlotte Banquet Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The event is free but attendees must RSVP in advance at https://greatercharlotteoralsurgery.com/academicadvantage/. An iPad Mini preloaded with college-prep apps will be raffled away to participants during the event.
About Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery:
Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery is an AAAASF-accredited facility, assuring patients receive the highest level of care with the latest techniques and technology. Dr. Amir Marashi is a highly skilled oral surgeon with years of surgical experience. Dr. Marashi offers the full scope of oral surgery options such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, fixed or removable dentures, and much more.