Elmira City School District Students Visit Elmira College as part of the Kids2College Program

May 01 2015
Category: Events

Kids2College

During the week of April 27, approximately 480 students from Broadway Academy visited Elmira College as part of the College2Kids-Kids2College Program. Dr. Linda Pratt, Charles Dana Professor of Education and Executive Director of Teacher Education Programs and key members of Elmira College’s Teacher Education Department coordinated the week’s events. Dr. Susan Nesbit Perez, Vice President of Outreach and Financial Aid of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) attended the Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 sessions. 

The schedule of events included a daily welcoming ceremony, as well as structural academic sessions with titles such as “Readers’ Theatre” with Dr. James Nageldinger, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Dr. Deborah Owens, Associate Professor of Education-Literacy; “Health Sciences Demonstration” with Dr. Kathleen Lucke, Dean of Health Science and Professor of the Nurse Education Program; “Introduction to Law” with Andrew Stage ’02, Assistant to the Executive Director of Teacher Education; “Learning about the Library” with Martha Smith, Information Literacy and Accreditation Librarian; "Architectural Challenge" with Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Assistant Professor of Adolescence Education; "Life at Elmira College" with Stephanie Spinos ’14, Taylor Wood ’14, and Matthew Holmes ’15; "Writing with a Twist" with Sierra Luongo ’15; and "Getting in the Mood for Writing" with Amber Dekoeyer ’15.

About Broadway Academy Curriculum 

During the 2014-2015 academic year, seventh graders at Broadway Academy participated in a user-friendly college awareness curriculum. This was designed to make middle school students more aware of how education impacts their future life choices. Students learn more about college, explore careers, make connections between college and job opportunities, and begin planning for the future. 

About the Kids2College Experience 

Funds for the College2Kids-Kids2College (C2K-K2C) program come from a federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) awarded to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), an organization representing New York’s 100+ independent colleges and universities, by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the state agency designated to administer CACG for New York State. Remaining funds for the C2K-K2C program with the Elmira City School District come from cIcu and Elmira College. 

The C2K-K2C program’s overreaching goal is to have students explore the connections between middle and high school study and their future college and career opportunities, and work to build a college-going culture in the middle school. A six-session curriculum, Kids2College®, developed and donated by The Sallie Mae Fund, a national nonprofit college access organization, is taught in every class across the entire 7th grade. The curriculum content focuses on education options, career exploration, paying for college, and college and career connections. At the end of the program, all the students experience life on a college campus with a half-day visit that features meeting college professors and students and participation in classes, tours and lunch on campus.