November 19, 2015

Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While this is an important question, it’s even more important to help students understand the educational pathway that will allow them to accomplish their dreams. That is why New College Institute (NCI) is seeking to create a college-going culture by encouraging young students to set goals for pursuing higher education.

During College and Career Day at NCI, fifth grade students from Martinsville Middle School met with ten local professionals to learn about their educational backgrounds and careers. These professionals had a wide range of experience including the fields of information technology, education, law enforcement, military, healthcare, and more. Students rotated in small groups to ask questions of the professionals and gather advice for reaching individual college and career goals.


This program supports objectives within AVID, Martinsville City Public Schools’ college and career readiness system, according to Ms. Cynthia Tarpley, principal of Martinsville Middle School. Such goals include helping students connect classroom learning experiences to real-world objectives and career paths.


“The students were very excited and asking great questions! Programs like this help schools build a college-going culture by allowing students to meet with local professionals and learn about their various educational pathways,” added Tarpley.


“We want to help these students become familiar with the concepts of higher education. Introducing them to successful, positive role models is a great way to inspire young students to begin setting goals for their post-secondary education,” said Steve Keyser, NCI’s Coordinator of Community Engagement. 


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