A group of 14 high school students ranging from freshmen to seniors visited two area schools as part of The Campagna Center’s Building Better Futures program. On April 20, students departed TC Williams via bus to Morgan State University, a historically black college, located outside of Baltimore. Their visit included a presentation from the admissions department, a tour of the campus and classrooms, and ended with lunch in the dining hall. The group then traveled to Georgetown University, where they received a campus tour and participated in a GU student-led panel where first-generation GU students shared their personal high school experiences with ACT/SAT testing, college essay writing, the college admissions process, and opportunities for scholarships and financial aid options.
“Providing opportunities for Alexandria high school students to visit and imagine themselves in college is an important part of our Building Better Futures program.” said Dana Taylor, Director of the Building Better Futures program. “In addition to visiting local colleges and universities every fall and spring, we also provide weekly college and career enrichment workshops to give our students the best chance to make the important journey from high school to college.”
The Building Better Futures program is a partnership of The Campagna Center, Alexandria City Public Schools, and local businesses. Its goal is to establish a pro-learning environment, cultivate leadership qualities, strengthen academic skills, and remove obstacles high school students face and guide them on a path to post-secondary opportunities and success.
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