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Communities in Schools of the Rocky Mount Region

Program Description

Graduating from high school prepared to enter a college or community college and pursue a career requires vision and planning not only for a student but for a family as well. CIS works to provide events and services to build this vision. All seventh-grade students attend two mini-retreats hosted in professional settings that show the real world of work. A Health Careers event informs students about health related jobs, the educational requirements for these jobs and the financial benefits of such responsibilities they will face when earning a living in the future. Since many College Access Program students are the first in their family to attend college, a particularly important part of the vision includes on-site visits to Nash and Edgecombe Colleges and North Carolina Wesleyan College. Tours of these campuses show students the actual classrooms and laboratories where they may study. Touring a residential campus provides the chance to visit a dormitory and eat ina college cafeteria. CIS high school students and their families attend various workshops on the college entry process including graduation requirements and financial aid. A one-on-one meeting with all juniors and seniors ensures that the students are meeting UNC system requirements and are making realistic choices.