Local high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors planning to pursue post-high school education can jumpstart the new year and their future college plans with an information-packed workshop coming soon.

Blue Ridge Energy’s first annual “Leadership Track Summit,” will offer students and parents workshops designed to help students prepare for the college application process, learn helpful financial aid strategies, improve their college application essay writing skills, and improve their SAT/ACT testing.

The workshop is planned for Saturday, March 10, at Ashe County High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Leadership Track has contracted with Scholarship Gold founder and professional college consultant Elizabeth Hartley to anchor the day-long workshop which also features a SAT/ACT Testing Prep Workshop from the Princeton Review and a financial aid expert leading a Financial Aid 101 workshop for parents.

Each student will receive a College Success workbook to guide them through all aspects of college preparation, along with a gift bag. Lunch will be provided for all. The fee is just $50 per student and parents can attend for free. The Leadership Track is underwriting over $100 of the fee for students.

For more information and to sign up, please visit http://tinyurl.com/leadership4u or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations for Blue Ridge Energy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-451-5474, ext. 3294. Participation is limited, and registration deadline is March 1.