Entries tagged with “college preparation programs”.

In June of 2008, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Madison, Wisconsin announced $2.6 million support to bring the AVID program to local students in order to better prepare them for college. The program will monitor students’ academic progress, take them on college tours, and provide support throughout their secondary experience, making college access a real option for underprivileged adolescents. To learn more visit http://www.avidonline.org/

Orange County, Florida is cutting back on quality programs such as AVID and the Community Education Partners program due to budget cuts. For disadvantaged students that means limited opportunities for college preparation and reduction of resources designed to assist low-income students with attaining higher education. To read more visit the Orlando Sentinel.

For counselors experiencing a shortage of structured afterschool programs dedicated to college access, there are several websites like KnowHow2Go or the College Board that provide in-depth timelines and requirements to help prepare students for postsecondary education. ThroughCollege system activities also helps students consider deeper pre-college questions, such as what are their strengths, aspirations, career interests, and goals. The activities are designed to help students and mentors (which could be family members and community volunteers) engage in deeper conversations that can make college process more meaningful.

Florida schools trim popular specialized programs: Florida programs to
benefit both strong learners and those with certain academic and
behavioral issues will be pared back or outright eliminated this fall
amid dramatic state budget cuts. Orange County’s AP program is being
significantly downsized, while other counties are cutting back on
AVID, which works to give learners in need of academic support a
better shot at going to college. Also in Orange County, the Community
Education Partners program designed to help struggling youth make up
credits and graduate with their classmates, already has been
eliminated.

If the budget crisis continues to cut out essential guidance and college prep programs, more affordable alternatives are needed.