College preparation initiative earns support from MHEC

The Maryland Higher Education Commission awarded a Capitol College initiative, the 2011 Career Awareness and College Preparation Program in support of Maryland Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), the 2011 College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) grant for over $19,000 for the purpose of preparing high school students for college.

The awareness program, targeted toward seniors at Fairmont Heights High School and their parents or guardians, aims to increase student awareness of selected career fields that require a college education, including high school academic preparation, and will increase participating students’ knowledge of the college admissions process, scholarships and financial aid.

“Capitol has offered this program during the past year with much success, and we’re looking forward to continuing this initiative which helps particularly those first-generation college-bound students to gain some experience with the college application and admissions processes,” said Dianne Veenstra, vice president for assessment and retention.

The program begins in September with a kick-off ceremony for all GEAR UP participants and includes six college preparation and essay writing workshops throughout the fall semester focusing on students’ ability to effectively complete college and scholarship applications and write student essays, statements, and college-prep assignments. During the spring semester, both parents/guardians and students are invited to sessions like “The Journey to College,” “Dress for Success,” and “Your Virtual Image” which all emphasize proper public and business communication skills.

The closing ceremony, which concludes the program for the 2010-2011 academic year, allows parents/guardians and students a chance to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned and energize themselves for their college careers.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctor of science in information assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.


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