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Proviso West Seniors Learn About College Life Firsthand

April 20, 2016 10:58 AM
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Eighty-six members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso West High School spent a day learning about life in college during a visit to Triton College.
 
Split between April 12 and April 14, the students spent a day at Triton College, taking the ACT Compass test for the college to evaluate which courses the students should take, touring several areas of the community college campus, applying for admission to Triton, and learning more about the college and its costs.
 
The day-long visits were part of Proviso West’s school improvement plan to ensure that all graduating seniors have a plan for after high school, whether it is college, a career, or military, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. Working with Ms. Kate Foster, the college and career placement counselor at Proviso West, the students learned about a possible post-high school option.
 
"The goal is to not only expose all of our seniors to a college experience, but to walk them through the application process and to give them real, useful information on how to apply for financial aid, what types of courses and careers they can pursue here locally, and where it may be and usually is less expensive for them to attend," Mr. Hawthorne said.
 
Ms. Foster said that the visit also included a visit from 2015 Proviso West graduates who are now attending Triton College. The graduates gave insights into what college life will be like for the current seniors.
 
"It’s making sure they know it’s different and it’s a college experience," Ms. Foster said. "It’s very different than high school and they are challenged."
 
The students who participated had different views on the visits.
 
For Janae Walton, a Proviso West senior, the visit was not the first time that she has set foot on the Triton College campus, having taken dual credit courses as a certified nursing assistant there. She said that she wants to continue her studies in nursing.
 
"I’m trying to further my education," Janae said. "I’m familiar with the new (nursing) building with all of the technology for getting ready for clinicals."
 
For Nina Banks, a Proviso West senior, April 14 was the first time that she had visited the campus. She said that she might study either criminal justice or mechanical technology.
 
"I like the campus," she said. "It looks like a very friendly environment." 
 
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