During the Fall 2013 semester, the Exploring College program held weekly workshops at Vassar College for our high school students. Topics included learning about college loans, filling out the Common Application, and watching media presentations by Vassar students to see what college-level work is like.
Exploring College also took high school juniors on a college field trip to visit Bard College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). This allowed the students to see the differences between a local liberal arts college and a university that focuses on science and engineering.
Additionally, we launched the Exploring College Readiness (ECR) SAT prep program at Poughkeepsie High School this semester. Vassar students were trained to teach topics on the SAT to Poughkeepise High School seniors to prepare them for the exam. This is the first year the VCUEI office coordinated our own SAT prep program and it started off as a success! SAT prep is offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Poughkeepsie High School.
In the upcoming Spring 2014 semester, Exploring College is exited to host more workshops, including one about the Questbridge scholarship program and a financial literacy night with the help of the Hudson Valley Credit Union.