On Nov. 16 students from the Cedaredge High School sophomore class toured Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. For many, this was their first time on a college campus.
The opportunity for the 70 plus students to experience a small community-style college is thanks to a School Counselor Corps Grant with supplementation from the school district. The grant program was created to help increase the percentage of students who continue into postsecondary education and to increase overall graduation rates.
In the spring, the other three grades will explore more education options.
Freshmen will visit the Technical College of the Rockies in Delta. Juniors will visit Western Colorado University in Gunnison. Seniors will tour Colorado Mesa University.
The goal is for students to explore options they might not know exist or think are possible, said school counselor Amanda Cerise. Seeing the students get excited thinking about their futures is another perk to the tours, she added.
Last year the tours all took place within a week's time-frame. Hoping to spread it out more, Cerise is aiming for one tour a month next semester.