The “I was admitted to university” program organizes spring sessions | News

PLATTSBURGH — The “I Got Admitted to College” program returns March 31 and April 1, bringing more area 8th-graders to the SUNY Plattsburgh campus this spring to introduce them to the idea that can indeed be part of their future.

SUNY Associate Andrea Enyedi aims to more than double attendance to that of the Nov. 18 pilot event, bringing nearly 200 students from Schroon Lake, Crown Point, St. Regis Falls, Brushton-Moira, Chateaugay and Tupper Lake to the course of the two days.

“I’m really excited to grow it,” she said.

Enyedi led a similar program at Humboldt State University in Northern California, bringing the plan with her when she accompanied her husband, Dr. Alexander Enyedi, to SUNY Plattsburgh when he was named president here.

“My vision for the future is to not only increase the number of students who come, but also to intensify the experience,” she said.

“We are looking for ways to continue contacting them after their first experience here. The goal is to bring them back to campus as much as possible for sports games, concerts and other events. The more we bring them back, the more they will feel a sense of belonging.

WORKS WITH SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Enyedi worked with school counselors to make this happen.

“I love talking to school counsellors; they are so excited for this to happen,” she said. “There is so much support in the education community. We distributed a flyer and got an immediate response. We work in partnership with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which contacted the schools, and they contacted me.

Amanda Carter, a counselor at Saranac Middle School, was one of the counselors involved in the Nov. 18 event.

“I absolutely loved the idea behind it and really enjoyed being able to bring our students to campus and see classrooms, lecture halls and dorms,” she said.

“It was exciting for them and so good for them to see how the university can really be tailored to their individual interests. I think it left a huge impression on our students who had the opportunity to attend.

One of his students has already made progress in fulfilling some of the IBAC’s promise.

“Our students have really enjoyed the IBAC experience, and I think some will most definitely deliver,” Carter said.

“It’s a little hard to gauge because most of the promises apply when they’re in high school, but I once brought in a student to keep his promise to meet the counselor and talk about his future plans. I’ve also had students tell me that they hung their certificates on their fridge so they wouldn’t forget to do them.

Participating schools this spring travel an hour, an hour and a half to be here, according to Enyedi.

“The fact that they’re coming all the way underscores the fact that it’s a good idea for this region,” she said.

The IBAC program targets students who feel cut out for college.

They may have parents who never attended college; they may feel like they’re not smart enough or that it’s not something they or their family can afford, Enyedi said.

At SUNY Plattsburgh, nearly 30% of its freshman population are first-generation students. More than 50% have a “B” average in high school. And half receive institutional financial aid.

CHANGES TO THE SPRING PROGRAM

Changes to the program this time around include different activities and programs for 13 and 14 year olds, including a visit to the Rockwell Kent Gallery with a docent-led scavenger hunt as well as theater games at Hartman, screenings of photos in the Warren Ballrooms and many photo opportunities with Burghy.

All will receive certificates – a “pledge of admission,” presented by President Enyedi, that gives participating students a head start to enter SUNY Plattsburgh, provided they meet all college admission requirements. . Tracking of IBAC graduates will take place in grades 9 and 10, and then they will receive communications for admission in grades 11 and 12.

FIRST GENERATION STUDENT

For Enyedi, the IBAC is personal.

“I’m a first-generation student,” she said.

“Alex and I are both first generation students. We see the value in providing for children whose parents did not follow a path to a college education.

Enyedi has dedicated his career to providing people with opportunities to succeed in education.

“I’ve had a career in nonprofits, working in programs for children from birth to five, preparing kids for kindergarten,” she said.

Enyedi worked with a non-profit organization in family literacy.

“The whole family should know how to read,” she says.

“It breaks the intergenerational cycle.”

Enyedi ran a program, “First Day Shoe Fund”, which provided new sports shoes for students from kindergarten to third grade, so that, as she puts it, “they could start the school year with dignity. Something as small as starting school in a new pair of sneakers makes all the difference.

“I’ve always sought to empower people to succeed,” she said.

For more information on “I was accepted to college,” contact Enyedi at [email protected]

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