Long Beach Schools Cultivate Early College Awareness

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Long Beach High School’s ninth-graders all had the opportunity to tour Hofstra University as part of the district’s College and Career Readiness initiative. Through a collaboration with Hofstra and the New York State Seedling Program, members of the high school’s freshman class were each invited to attend one of three visits held between May 8-10. 

The objective of this experience was to broaden students’ knowledge and awareness of options for their futures by exposing them to education beyond high school. The visits consisted of information sessions that focused on college admissions, programs of study and how to make the most of high school years, as well as a tour that provided a glimpse into college campus life.  

The college visit initiative is coupled with career exploration activities throughout the year, during which the School Counselors lead lessons that encourage students to investigate career interests, explore personal strengths and develop resumes. Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders have received similar opportunities to explore the idea of college with programs involving Molloy College, Adelphi University and Queens College. 

“By providing early college awareness experiences, students gain perspective and context about college in general and gain knowledge about the opportunities college can provide,” said Guidance Coordinator 6-12 Kerry Fallon. “We hope that by 10th and 11th grade, students are already starting to think about future career and college goals.”