District leaders and local college representatives offered students and parents/guardians an opportunity to receive information on the college application process, early college programs and more.
Cape May Court House, NJ – From freshman to seniors, Middle Township High School (MTSD) students filled the room of the Martin Luther King Center in Whitesboro for the winter College Admissions Information Planning Night on Jan. 16. District administration and representatives from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Atlantic Cape Community College, and Stockton, Rowan and Fisk universities hosted the event to provide students with an opportunity to receive information on the college application process and ask questions.
Made possible by the MTHS Guidance Department, the information session expanded on topics such as earning college credits while in high school, the MTHS Early College Program, and scholarships and grants, including the Garden State Guarantee Scholarship, the Community College Opportunity Grant, and the New Jersey Student Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) Program. Participants also received guidance on creating timelines on what students can do to prepare for college application season, starting in their freshman year.
“Our administration works hard to give students opportunities they’ll need to succeed in their future endeavors; this is just one of the many,” MTHS Principal Dr. Sharon Rementer said. “It was a great turnout from students, parents and college visitors. We’re excited to see that students care about planning for the future and are taking advantage of the information that’s out there so they can better prepare themselves.”
These specific information sessions are held multiple times per year and include a bilingual translator for those who need one. MTHS hosts various events throughout the year, helping students decide on future endeavors such as college, trade or military opportunities.
This year, MTHS will host their annual College Fair on March 12, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with the hopes of an even greater turnout than last year. More than 150 students and over 50 colleges, universities, trade schools and military representatives attended, allowing students to get a bigger picture of what offerings are available for them to potentially apply. Students used a new interactive format to engage with representatives– QR codes provided through StriveFair.com. By scanning codes via mobile devices, representatives could then follow up with college information sent directly to their personal emails. This year will also feature keynote speaker John Iacovelli from Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) during a breakout session for both parents and students.
“The attendance at our college events proves our students are eager and steadily working toward preparing for their future endeavors. We’re always looking for chances to put Middle Township on the map. Our students are bright and have skills that will be great assets to the workforce someday. We’re doing everything we can to prepare them,” MTSD Superintendent Dr. Dave Salvo said. “Even smaller events like our college application info sessions will give students a leg up in this process.”