For high school seniors, Tuesday was a hands-on day at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) with a theme of moving forward in a rewarding and positive direction through higher education that starts at Phillips. Around 280 seniors had the opportunity to see what it feels like to stick and draw blood, operate a remote-controlled robot programmed by PCCUA students, cut and style hair, practice CPR and other life-saving techniques, experience numerous other demonstrations, and find out how to pay for college, all designed to help them choose a career direction and be successful. A highlight of the morning was hearing an inspiring message by LaTonya Starks, who is now a PCCUA graduate and employee. A Helena-West Helena native, Starks shared with them a very open and honest story earlier in life in an abusive relationship with a bleak outlook prior to turning her life around and enrolling in classes at PCCUA. Starks holds an Associate's Degree and is now pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at PCCUA through the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. PCCUA Vice Chancellor Rhonda St. Columbia, who coordinated the event, said, “Senior Recruiting Day is devoted solely to giving our seniors a first-hand look and feel of all of the promising programs we have right here at PCCUA. We have strong, quality programs backed by all of the resources students need, and instructors and staff who care enough to help them along the way.” For information about enrolling in classes at PCCUA, call St. Columbia at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1130, or email email@example.com.