Golden Crescent Tech Prep and Alcoa Foundation partner to provide summer college experience to Boys and Girls Club campers
Late this summer, students attending summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria toured Victoria College to participate in activities and workshops to learn more about the early start college programs offered through the Golden Crescent Tech Prep Partnership.
This summer's program was funded by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.
On Monday, campers learned about the process technology program from instructor Anita Brunsting.
They also conducted experiments designed to demonstrate the importance of engineering.
On Tuesday, the students learned about the college's physical therapist assistant program.
They also learned more about emergency medical services, the many applications of computer technology and other career options and educational opportunities.
On Wednesday, students toured the campus followed by information sessions on the Golden Crescent Tech Prep Partnership and VC's pre-college programs.
Tech Prep gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit toward a degree or certificate while they are still in high school. The classes are free while students attend high school, and students are guaranteed to receive college credit for those classes after their first semester at VC.
The program wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with a celebration. Each student received a certificate of program completion along with a zipper binder full of school supplies, a bag filled with program information and a VC T-shirt.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend a follow-up workshop after the beginning of the school year.
Those who completed the program will return to campus to complete a personal-strengths analysis and a career-assessment evaluation that will help guide and support them through high school, as they enter college and later, the workforce.