Mercer County Community College Program Very important people, otherwise known as VIP, restarts and looks for students to participate.
“We go into a ninth grade academy and we go to trans Central High School, and we provide enrichment after school,” said Alyssa Brown, VIP coordinator. The program is designed to help Trenton high school students succeed in high school and college. “The program aims to help students develop the skills necessary to meet New Jersey core curriculum content standards,” as stated on the MCCC website. “Therefore, VIP provides participating students with enrichment opportunities after school that complement the regular school day. “
The program adapts to the needs and interests of each student to ensure the best outcome for them. “We have different things tailored to what the kids take for the school year,” Brown explained. “like this year, we are doing a poll based on what we had.”
This program is not just about getting students to college. It also focuses on internships and trade schools. “If they don’t choose to go to college, they have these jobs, professionals who come to help them. We also provide college and career preparation. We teach how to get into college and how to get into a trade.
Brown explains that the program brought in a licensed cosmetologist so the group could learn from the professionals. “… A student (she) asked for internships, so we found her an internship in a salon.
The program is available to students in grades 9-12. To learn more, visit: https://www.mccc.edu/community_youth_jkc_vip.shtml.