Downtown Winston-Salem may not be a typical spring break destination, but the city is about to get an influx of college students Saturday.
The difference is – these students are local.
The city's college advisory board is holding a summit to give students a chance to explore downtown, with stops at local restaurants, shops and BB&T Ballpark. They'll travel to their destinations via Winston-Salem Transit Authority trolleys.
Wanda Allen-Abraha is director of human relations for the City of Winston-Salem. She says area college students often leave the city after graduation to go back to their hometowns or to bigger cities. She says that learning more about the city may encourage some to stay.
“What we're trying to do is open up their minds a little about Winston-Salem – about the prospects of staying here and exploring some job opportunities that our businesses and organizations and city government have to offer right here, locally.”
The city's college advisory board offers suggestions to the city council about issues concerning young adults. It is made up of students from four local schools: Forsyth Tech, Salem College, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State.
A total of about 100 students from those schools are expected to attend Saturday's summit.