Written by Arielle Cotoia
Willimantic, Conn. - More than 1,500 students in grades five through 12 will gather in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University to participate in "College Knowledge Days." The students come from schools in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Coventry, Danbury, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Union, Watertown, Wethersfield and Willimantic. The events will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 1, 2 and 8.
"College Knowledge Days" is designed to inspire students to dream of college and help them plan and prepare for their future careers. On June 1, 530 students in grades five and seven are expected to attend. Five hundred fifty students in grades eight and nine will participate on June 2 and an additional 500 students in grades nine through 12 will take part in the activities on June 8.
Students will be introduced to "Project Opening Doors," a partnership between the public and private sectors that seeks to increase Connecticut student participation and achievement in Advanced Placement courses and better ensure their success in college. They will also learn about "KnowHow2Go," a website launched nationally in 2007 by The American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council. The KnowHow2Go website is designed to help students plan and prepare for their postsecondary education.