Welcome to WSU Early Outreach
On May 22, twelve AVID students headed off to Ellensburg to tour Central Washington University. Although they did not have a chance to experience the city of Ellensburg, each of the students in this GEAR UP cohort was impressed with the campus. Maribel Martinez, a Prescott ninth-grader said of Central, “The staff there was extremely welcoming and friendly. I feel like I would get plenty of help applying for scholarships or anything else I would need. They also have a Neuroscience program.” Maribel intends to be a pediatrician. After a thorough tour the group ate lunch on campus. Giving 8th and 9th graders a chance to visit college campuses lends to greater motivation to perform well in high school. Actually walking into the buildings, seeing college students in their habitat, and listening to student tour guides makes the dream of college an attainable goal. The students loved the newer buildings and the Japanese Garden. Central is an excellent choice for many of our students because it isn’t that far from home. It is affordable and has an excellent student to faculty ratio.