PIQUA — Edison Community College and partnering Greenville, Piqua, and Sidney high schools close the books on the first year of a two-year partnership for the college bound grant, Connect to College. TG Philanthropy’s awareness program, Adventures in Education (www.aie.org), awarded Edison and the partnering high schools a grant in excess of $200,000 to help area students plan and complete their journey through higher education.
During the 2013-2014 academic school year, over 750 students participated in different educational activities to prepare them for college selection. These opportunities included, Greenville’s College Club, Piqua’s College 101 course, Sidney’s Mini-College 101 and sessions to the upper-level college preparatory classes.
Many students also took advantage of having an onsite College Bound advisor to help with questions or concerns regarding the college selection process, how to apply to college and how to find scholarships.
Students also had the opportunity to complete ACT COMPASS testing, which allowed them to gauge their college readiness with college level course work. This testing was provided free to students working with the College Bound advisor. Even parents had an opportunity to get involved by attending Parent College 101 presentations offered at each of the high schools.
“The Connect to College program at Greenville High School has been a great success with initial implementation for the sophomore class and their parents,” said Tracey Wheeler, who serves as Greenville’s College Bound advisor. “Students had the opportunity to join the College Club to help them gain more knowledge on the college selection process, which will continue to be available to them until they graduate in 2016.
“In addition, many juniors and seniors took advantage of the program and learned about college visits, admission requirements, paying for college, and finding the perfect fit for them after high school. It was great to see the students’ enthusiasm for opportunities that are available to them! In addition, it was wonderful to work with the staff at Greenville High School as they embraced the program as another resource to help their students succeed.”
Edison’s Rob Cowles, who serves as the College Bound advisor for Piqua and Sidney high schools, said, “This opportunity has really taken off and I look forward to it continuing to grow in the next academic year. Students were a bit cautious at first, but once word got out about the program more and more students would just pop their head in for a quick question.
“It has been a lot of fun seeing the shift in thinking of students with regards to their own future and going to college. I am looking forward to working with students that I met last year, getting to know more students, and hearing how the graduates are doing with their first semester in college.”
While high schools are on break for the summer, the College Bound advisors are still available to assist students looking to get a jump-start on their college selection. All grade levels are invited to take advantage of the Connect to College program. For more information about this program, email Cowles at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wheeler at email@example.com.