Clarkston Sophomores visit EWU

Seventeen Clarkston HS OVP III GEAR UP students spent May 1st on the campus of Eastern Washington University discovering the post-secondary options. Clarkston GEAR UP staff selected the participating students because they listed EWU as a primary “college of interest” on a recent survey. 

The wonderful recruitment staff greeted at group at the campus Visitor Center, where the students learned about the numerous programs and degrees offered at EWU.  A majority of the students were interested in STEM related programs. The EWU Forensic Science Program caught the interest of many. After a presentation by the Admission Department, the Clarkston students ate an incredible lunch at the Tawanka Dining Center.

The students were then provided a tour of the entire EWU campus, which included the opportunity to view the student recreation center, campus housing facilities, and a few of the new classroom facilities such as Patterson Hall. The most notable site during the campus tour was Roos Field, a football field known for its intensely red turf and the home of the Eagles.

At the conclusion of the visit, Clarkston students had the opportunity to engage with an informative EWU student panel. During this great, interactive opportunity, Clarkston students were able to ask questions about campus life, get a first-hand glimpse at being an EWU student, and much more.

Thank you EWU for a great experience!

GEAR UP Hosts Career Fair at Clarkston High School

The Clarkston GEAR UP Program partnered with the Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF) and Clarkston High School to host the first annual career fair at Clarkston High School. The career fair was held on March 25th, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM in Clarkston High School’s main gym.  

With a total of 49 exhibitor booths and 65 professional presenters, Clarkston High students had a variety of careers and educational programs to explore. 

The event fit nicely in the high school setting as the school is now required to assist all students with a “high school and beyond plan”, which is a graduation requirement. The goal was to provide CHS students firsthand information to assist them with choosing a career path to meet this requirement.

Professionals shared the educational path (high school, vocational/technical, college) that allowed them to become successful in their chosen field. This included daily work life, salary range, and long-term career opportunities. This vital information will facilitate students’ exploration of potential educational and career interests. 

Prior to the event, students completed career planning surveys/inventories to assist them in discovering their own interests, talents and values. 

In a world that is changing faster than ever with new technologies that affect how we work, learn, and communicate, new opportunities are presented in education and the world of work. Clarkston GEAR UP is extremely pleased with the participation of the professional community and the impact they made on the lives and futures of our students.

Thank you to all those that supporting the Clarkston High School GEAR UP Career Fair!

Clarkston GEAR UP supports students EOC

Forty three (43) sophomores at Clarkston High School (CHS) participated in the EOC winter retakes January 27th and 29th.  Passing the EOC exams is a graduation requirement for students in Washington State.In collaboration with the CHS math department, WSU GEAR UP tutors, Cheryl Hoffman, Tristan Anderson, and Cherie Wormell provided tutoring support before and after school and during EOC prep classes for two-weeks leading up to the testing dates.Tutors led small group study sessions during EOC prep classes, assisting students as they worked through practice problems.Students in need of individualized support sought tutoring before and after school in addition to attending the EOC prep classes. The students did a great job preparing for this important exam. We anticipate that they all did very well.

Clarkston 2014 Family College Planning Forum

Clarkston College NightOn October 29th, the Clarkston WSU GEAR UP program hosted its 5th annual Family College Planning Forum at Clarkston High School. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for students and their families to receive firsthand information from college recruiters and admission counselors.

Clarkston WSU GEAR UP kicked off the event with a complimentary pizza dinner in the school’s cafeteria, which coincided with the opening of the college fair. In the library, an AVID parent meeting was held to keep parents up-to-date with their students’ progress as well as upcoming AVID activities. It was also an opportunity for freshman and sophomore AVID students to get a glimpse into what AVID has in store for them for the next few years.

At 6:00 PM, all attendees gathered in the school’s auditorium for a motivating welcome by keynote speaker, Houston Kraft. Houston delivered a presentation as well as a leadership workshop at Clarkston High School earlier in the day. At the forum, he inspired students and their families to embrace the transition to post-secondary education and the new chapter of an individual’s life.

Eleven separate informational breakout sessions followed the keynote speaker. A variety of topics were covered including financial aid, college 101, admissions, athletic scholarships, a student panel, and more. Attendees chose whether to attend a workshop or visit with recruiters at the college fair.

Several lucky students won prizes from Lewis Clark Credit Union, who served as a co-sponsor to this year’s event. One student won a Samsung tablet and others won t-shirts. Lewis Clark Credit Union also provided financial literacy information to families and sponsored the closing reception refreshments.

Over 225 students and parents attended the event, which was the largest turnout on record. Clarkston High School Administration and local GEAR UP staff have been overwhelmed with positive feedback.

Another Great Teen Conference Experience for Clarkston!

TC Group PhotoTwenty incoming sophomores from Clarkston High School attended to 2014 4-H Teen Conference at Washington State University June 22-24. The students were accompanied by tutors Cherie Wormell and Tristan Anderson. It was a fun filled 2 ½ days complete with lots of walking, activities, workshops and talented guest speakers. According the one student in particular, Nick Hoffman, “I liked everything, the workshops, activities/games and especially bonding with random strangers that were my age (even though that has never been my favorite thing to do!).” This conference has always been a favorite for students from Clarkston to attend, WSU is a favorite around here and 4-H is a big part of the culture in the Valley (even though being a 4-H member is not a requirement). Thank you to the Washington State University and the Washington 4-H leaders for making this year and every year such a success! Our students are already looking forward to next year!

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