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Syntiro is thrilled to collaborate with the University of Maine at Farmington to enhance and support a robust college-going culture in Maine schools through the GEAR UP Maine grant. Our goal is to significantly increase the number of students who graduate high school and enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. We are excited to build upon the successes of Maine’s 2005-2011 GEAR UP grant and, with UMF and other partners, create outstanding opportunities for Maine's students!
Narraguagus Students Visit Massachusetts Colleges
Narraguagus Students Visit Massachusetts Colleges
On April 28th, four Narraguagus High School students embarked on a three-day trip to visit three Massachusetts colleges. Please read the write up below written by Maria Frankland, the Narraguagus GEAR UP Coordinator.
"We arrived safe and sound in Amherst around 11 PM Thursday night. We spent Friday morning at Smith College and Friday afternoon at Boston College. After our tour, we spent time with a current BC student from Orrington. He talked with our girls not only about BC but also about adapting to an environment so different from rural Maine. The girls wanted to go to Quincy Market for dinner, so we headed into town. Little did we know that the Yankees were in town to play the Red Sox, and that our path would lead us into the Fenway traffic. What's a road trip without a little adventure?
On Saturday, our four students were among 189 girls from 29 states plus two countries who attended the Junior Open Campus event at Wellesley College. Our full day began with a panel discussion led by current Wellesley students, after which the students and guests went their separate ways for the remainder of the day. The girls attended one of ten sample classes. Two students chose Elementary Arabic, one chose The Wonderful World of Dante's Divine Comedy, and one chose Biomaterials: Chemistry in Action. They also toured campus and attended a workshop around the admissions process for selective universities.
Here are some comments from the girls:
I liked the fact that I was given the opportunity to look at such variety of schools so far away from home. Because I play sports and have many other commitments, it is hard to find the time and the money to go out of state and experience these kinds of colleges, which will be vital come time for the admissions process. One of my favorite parts was that it was a small group of students, so we were able to ask the questions we needed to ask without getting lost in the crowd. It made it feel like more of a personal experience. I would certainly recommend a trip like this to other students serious about looking for the right college for them. Before I visited Boston College, it was actually pretty high on my list. Now that I have visited, it is off of it completely. The opposite for Wellesley. I was a little on the fence about the school, but after this trip it is tied for my number one school along with another college. I think that this trip was a wonderful opportunity for me to experience some of the schools I have been looking at for some time now. Without this trip, it is very possible that I could have overlooked some incredible schools that seem to be a good fit for me, as well as consider a school that I would not have been happy attending.
I liked the opportunity that this trip provided. I was able to gather a lot of information and ideas of what type of colleges I want to attend. Yes, I would recommend this trip or a trip like this to other students.
I liked this trip because I learned what I want and don’t want. I learned that I don’t really want to go to an all-women school and that I don’t want to go to a really big school. I also learned about the Boston area and community. I would definitely recommend a trip like this because it was so beneficial to learn what I liked and didn’t like.
It was helpful to attend the admissions event. Not only did I learn about Wellesley College and its campus, but I was able to learn more about the admissions process which was very helpful to me. I feel like the advice that was given will also help me with exploring and choosing colleges in the future. I basically like everything about this trip. I love exploring and learning about the colleges. I love that it was a small group of students that came along and not a big group. I also like how students were able to contribute what they wanted to do. I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity that I got to experience on this trip. I was able to find colleges that I really like and learn a lot about them. I hope that the future students will also get to experience this. Thank you once again for contributing to my wonderful experience.
WCLT CAREER FAIR
With the combined efforts of the JMG College Success program at UMM and the Washington County Consortium, the Washington County Leadership Team hosted a Career Fair for grades 7-12 on April 29, on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias. The event, open to all schools in the county, left more than 500 attending students with a better understanding of the various careers available in Downeast Maine, as well as with a deeper appreciation of the training necessary to prepare for entry into those careers. Participating businesses and organizations included:
Berry Vines Florist
Washington County's Career Center
Down East Community Hospital
East Machias Fire Department
JM Appraisal Services
Maine Marine Patrol
Maine Warden Service
Photos by Lida
Tide Mill Farms/Tide Mill Creamery
University of Maine at Machias
US Army National Guard
US Customs and Border Patrol
US Fish and Wildlife Services
US Wildlife Services
Washington County Regional Communications
Washington County Sheriff's Department
Washington County Community College
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