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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2008

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David Mihalyov
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"How to Get to College Program " Launches

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Press Release Photo Parents and students from Monroe High School hear about the importance of college preparation.

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Press Release Photo Betsy Balzano, left, and Christine Murray listen to New York State Senator Joseph Robach.

Brockport, NY – With an introduction from Christine Murray, PhD, dean of the School of Professions at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, the "How to Get to College Program" began last night at the Rochester City School District’s Monroe High School.

The "How to Get to College Program" pilot project is designed to increase awareness among middle school and high school students about how to prepare for college and careers. The program will focus on beginning the college planning process with 70 seventh-grade students and their parents/guardians in Monroe High School.

Thanks to the efforts of New York State Senator Joseph Robach, the College at Brockport received $50,000 from New York State earlier this year to help fund the program.

Parents and students in attendance listened to impassioned speeches from Robach and Gary Owens, director of Brockport’s Educational Opportunity Program, on the importance of education as well as the need to begin planning on how to get to college.

The project came about after Betsy Balzano, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor at the College, implemented a similar program at Edison High School in Rochester. The success of her initial work led the College to expand the project and seek additional funding.

Participating parents and students will complete a college awareness survey now, and then complete the same survey again in June as a way to gauge the progress made over the year regarding understanding the college planning process.

Studies have indicated that an early start helps students fully explore all options and make important choices which will affect their future success. Balzano also noted that high school students also need to realize early that their classroom performance is a major factor in their future success in being accepted to college and being successful once they are admitted. The program will stress personal development and social support, as well as focusing on improving literacy and math skills through providing tutoring by Brockport students. Current Brockport students also will participate as mentors.

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