LCSD’s JROTC students tour colleges

It’s time for Lee Central High School (LCHS) JROTC seniors to prepare for their next step. To assist them in that endeavor was the JROTC leadership team. They hosted college tours for the group this month.

“The purpose of the tour was to expose the JROTC Cadets to the different College ROTC programs in South Carolina.  LCHS cadets received, first-hand, all the requirements and benefits for taking ROTC while in college,” says Major Juan Cobbs, Senior Army JROTC instructor. “Many questions were answered in regards to the ROTC Curriculum, how to get on ROTC scholarships, and doing daily PT exercises.”

The first day of the tour began at Francis Marion University (FMU) in Florence, S.C. with 35 LCHS cadets, the culmination of which was their attendance at an FMU basketball game. The cadet’s next stop was at South Carolina State University (SCSU) in Orangeburg, S.C. Twenty-seven cadets began the tour by meeting some rather important members of school leadership.

“During the tour, they met the Dean of Business and Finance at Belcher Hall and the Recruiting Officer for South Carolina State’s ROTC program,” says Cobbs.

SCSU’s ROTC Leadership Lab was a highlight of the SCSU visit. 

“We ended the tour by participating with SCSU ROTC cadets and two of Lee Central High’s former JROTC Cadets, Shakil McCray and Ke’osha Evans, in their ROTC Leadership Lab,” says Cobb.  

The ROTC labs consist of squad maneuver and field operations. 

“After both tours, students are now thinking about enrolling in ROTC in college and pursuing a military career as a US Army Officer,” says Cobb.

The desire to ensure students are interested in attending college upon graduation has really paid off for LCHS with quite a few students choosing to do so. Last year’s graduates are attending the following colleges and universities: Benedict College; Central Carolina Technical College; Charleston Southern University; Claflin University; Clemson University; Coastal Carolina; Florence Darlington Technical College; Morris College; Presbyterian College; South Carolina State University; Spartanburg Methodist College; University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Winthrop University.