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WCE Students Tutor Local High Schoolers

Friday, May 02, 2014

WCE Students Tutor Local High Schoolers

This spring, students in Professor Robert Smith’s SEC 320 class worked with ninth graders in the Striving to Achieve Excellence (STAE)  program at New Hanover High School and ninth graders in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at North Brunswick High School. STAE and AVID are programs designed to increase student learning and performance by providing academic support and assistance with the development of study, time management and organizational skills.

Smith introduced the tutoring program to provide Watson College students enrolled in the secondary education program an opportunity to work with high school students one-on-one before they begin field experiences in schools. Throughout the semester, the WCE students devoted 2 ½ hours each week to tutoring, coaching and mentoring ninth graders at the two high schools.

On April 24, 60 ninth and tenth graders in New Hanover High School’s STAE program visited UNCW. During the event, coordinated by Smith and WCE faculty member Amy Rottmann, students toured the campus and listened to a panel presentation by students enrolled in education, nursing, sociology and business programs at UNCW. Students also heard presentations on culture and diversity, international study and financial aid. The event was designed to reinforce STAE goals of encouraging students to aspire to attend college, provide a public speaking opportunity for students at UNCW and celebrate the success of the collaborative program.