Making the College Connection

Educators from K-12 and higher education will gather in Essex, NY on February 6-7 for CFES College Connect.  This is one of three regional workshops that bring together CFES schools and college partners from upstate NY, to Erie, PA.  The College Connect events give educators time to network and strategize about how to help low-income students get to college and be successful there.

“CFES works to bridge the gap between K-12 schools and higher education.” said CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton.  ”Developing and sustaining our school-college partnerships is the key to college access and success for our underserved students.”

Participants will engage in conversations about college access and persistence strategies, as well as design activities in which schools and colleges collaborate to move CFES Scholars toward college success.

Edward Summers, PhD, Chief of Staff and Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College (NY), will keynote the event.  Colleges in attendance will participate in a college showcase, giving them an opportunity to highlight their campuses and unique offerings.

Bill Beaney, Middlebury College men’s hockey and golf coach, who has provided more than 100 scholar-athletes to mentor and serve CFES Scholars, will also attend to discuss ways collegiate athletes can help CFES Scholars develop the vision and leadership skills needed for future success.

Topics to be discussed in break-out sessions include how to create and sustain a school-college partnership, embracing technology to better prepare students for success in college, creating a college-going culture in CFES schools, and helping CFES Scholars explore careers and college choices.

In addition to Union and Middlebury, representatives from the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY), St. Michaels College (VT), and Johnson State College (VT), North Country Community College (NY) and Paul Smith’s (NY) are among the attendees. Educators from K-12 schools in the Adirondacks, Leatherstocking region and Connecticut will also participate.

Other CFES College Connect dates are: January 22 in Erie, PA and February 27 in New York City.

Each school and college in attendance has an opportunity to submit a proposal and earn a mini-grant to support an activity the will be implemented before the end of the school year.