College Summit Open House at Metropolitan Business Academy

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
College Summit today held an open house at Metropolitan Business Academy (MBA), giving school officials and others the opportunity to learn how the program is encouraging college attendance and helping build a culture of college in the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS).
The event included a visit to a College Summit class during which the group’s instructors talked about the college application process with 20 MBA seniors.
College Summit, a nonprofit group, is working with NHPS and the New Haven Promise scholarship program to promote college attendance among high school and younger students.
Increasing the number of NHPS student who attend and graduate from college is a key goal of the district’s School Change reform program. The capstone of School Change is New Haven Promise -- a partnership of Yale University and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven -- that provides eligible New Haven students with generous college scholarships.
“We’re very excited to have College Summit in New Haven,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “They are helping the district create a culture of college-going that will encourage New Haven students to pursue higher education. College attendance and graduation are the end goals of the district’s School Change reforms.”
“We at College Summit believe that students should not view high school as a final destination, but as a launch pad to both college and career success,” College Summit Program Director Veronica T. DeLandro said. “Our partnerships with high schools throughout the country not only help build a college-going culture, but help to increase college enrollment rates of their youth.”
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