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Business major participates in Coal Creek Scholars Day

Casey Prosise, senior business major, spent part of her winter break giving back to the community where she attended school in her early years.

“Casey was encouraging students at her former elementary school to work hard in middle school and high school and go to college as she has,” said Barry Thacker, P.E., Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. (CCWF) in Knoxville, Tennessee. “She certainly is a fine ambassador for UTC.”

Prosise and a group of seven other Briceville Elementary School alumni spoke to students at Briceville Elementary School, at an annual event named Coal Creek Scholars Day. This event is hosted by CCWF, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, which offers guidance and financial assistance to Briceville graduates.

According to CCWF statistics, less than five percent of students who graduate from high school in the Coal Creek Region have a college degree.

According to an article in January 7, 2007 edition of The Courier News, Prosise told the students “she loved the freedom of college. ‘You get to pick your own classes,’ she said. ‘You see what you like and if you don’t like it you change it.’”

In addition to creating the Coal Creek Scholars program to encourage first generation college attendance, CCWF is a non-profit corporation which initiates numerous projects
with water quality, bank stabilization, flood prevention, health and dental care, the promotion of rich coal mining history of the Coal Creek area, tourism and economic development, community restoration.

January 19, 2007