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Investing in the Future: PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves College Tour for ACT Prep Students

March 16, 2012 09:45 AM
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Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education is boosting its investments in the future by approving the "Let’s Excel College Tour" for students who have worked to improve their college entrance scores by participating in ACT test prep classes.


The "Let’s Excel College Tour" is designed to offer additional support to students who have successfully completed the Cambridge ACT Test Prep program, which is offered by District 209 at no cost. The tour will allow students to further explore the college entrance process while visiting several prominent colleges and universities.

"We, as a board, are happy to help provide this college tour for our students," said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. "We see the college tour as a chance to expose our students to the vast educational options and opportunities that await them as they pursue higher levels of education. Our students deserve the opportunity to explore their many college options and participate in activities that help to enrich their overall high school experience."

Welch said the Board of Education and administration are extremely proud of the number of students who took advantage of this ACT prep program. Nearly 300 juniors across all three schools voluntarily completed the test prep program. They worked for weeks (every Saturday) to study and improve their test taking skills. As a reward for their hard work, and in an effort to encourage higher education, they will take an extensive college tour June 9-June 11 and June 16-June 18.

"We are extremely excited that our students will have the rare opportunity to take a tour of some of the best colleges and universities in the country," said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "These students have worked hard in the Cambridge Program to improve their ACT scores, to improve in academics, and to set a strong foundation for their futures. We support their commitment to education and excellence, and we want to do all that we can to encourage them."

Among the universities that participating students will visit: Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Vanderbilt University, Spellman College, Morehouse College, Clark University, Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M, Stillman College, Rust College, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Action, the George Washington Carver Museum, Booker T. Washington’s House, and the Civil Rights Museum.

The District will cover college tour lodging and transportation. Students will be assessed a $50.00 fee in order to offset the cost of the tour. Students are also responsible for their own meals and incidentals. Students will tour college campuses, participate in meetings with admissions and college representatives, and receive information and materials to help them and their parents evaluate each school.

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