(Nov. 8, 2011) The cold, rainy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of a group of RCS juniors and seniors who visited Sage College in Albany and Russell Sage College in Troy last week as part of a new college mentoring program.
Eleven students and their chaperones toured each campus, learned about the academic offerings available, and gained a better understanding of daily life at a small, private college campus.
Stars Intergen Inc., a nonprofit that collaborates with RCS, secured a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and a $500 Generation Grant from Bryant Asset Protection, Inc. to underwrite college visits for students chosen to participate in the college mentoring program. The program is targeted to students who would benefit by having a mentor’s support and guidance in navigating the college exploration and application process.
“Our students are excited when they have the opportunity to visit different colleges,” said Peter Dwyer, high school counselor, who led the students on the trip together with several other mentors.
“Not only do they learn about a variety of educational options, but they are also exposed to new and exciting social opportunities. It is vitally important to bring our students to as many college campuses as possible to motivate them to move to the next level,” Dwyer added.