The College Reach-Out Program at SPC collaborated with Student Support Services to give high school students a shadow day experience on February 21 with our St. Petersburg College Gibbs campus. The programs, under the leadership of La Crecia Wright, College Reach-Out Program Coordinator, and George Carbart, Student Support Services (SSS) Director, were a huge success. We had almost 20 students (grades 10-12) participate; along with almost 20 SSS staff, students, career services, financial aid, and athletics department.
This event afforded future SPC students the opportunity to get a glimpse of college life while hanging out with a college student. Students received information on the cost of college, financial aid, athletics department, the SPC admissions process, career services, and the Summer of Success Program. The highlight of the program was the opportunity to shadow SSS students in their courses.
Overall, 94% of the students responded the event provided valuable information, 89% of students indicated they understand the benefits of a postsecondary education, and 94% of students reported the event enhanced my student’s basic learning skills and performance. Student comments included:
- “CROP is the best! They always have the best field trips to provide us with outstanding experiences and very valuable information regarding college.”
- “Being able to sit in and an actual college classroom for first-hand experience of what its like “
- “The shadow day was fun”
- “Shadowing a college student.”
- “Seeing the activities going in the courtyard.”
- “Going to the classes more and watching how the teacher teaches her class.”