BFA 9th Grade Students Explore Early College Opportunities

Target 3Flexible Learning Environments
FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Engage all staff and students in creating a personalized learning networks (PLN) that contribute to learning and instructional practice
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Earlier this week BFA Guidance Counselor Katherine McElroy led a group of 9th grade students on site visits to the Community College of Vermont (CCV) and St. Michael’s College. The trip had many purposes including exposing students to future opportunities, helping them begin to think about their education and career goals. It also allowed students to learn about flexible pathway options now available to all Vermont high school students such as Dual Enrollment and Early College.
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In addition , the excursion also addressed a primary goal for all BFA ninth grade students. Students in high school  are asked to think in earnest about their future.  To begin with, ninth graders are first asked to  think of “Who Am I?” As the students progress in high school they are also asked to think about “Where Am I Going?” and “How Am I Going to Get There?” Answering such questions help students to prepare for the future after high school before they enter their senior year.
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There were many lessons learned during the trip, including a lot of excitement about earning college credit in high school.  Students also had the chance to sample college life during the trip by participating in a scavenger hunt around campus, sampling the cafeteria (always fun!!) and interacting with college students.

I think a college education is important no matter what you do in life.

Phil Mickelson

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