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The next CRC generation

By Angela Medeiros
On September 26, 2002

Several students from various middle schools toured the Cosumnes River College campus Sept. 9 - 13 as part of a program to boost self-esteem and experience a college environment.

Since 1990 the Elk Grove Unified School District and CRC have partnered to form Program Choice.

The program encourages at risk students the opportunity for success now and in the future. The focus of this program is for students who are lacking credits or other academic issues a chance to earn credits and get them excited about attending college in the future.

Some of the students come from homes where no one in the family attended college. The goal is that students will see that college is attainable.

Students are off track when they attend the week-long program and are chosen by school counselors or signed up by parents. The students meet in the Orchard Room every morning to be briefed on their agenda for the day and choose which classes they're interested in visiting. The students are on their own when they visit the college classes unless an event has been set up by the class instructor.

Twice a semester a different set of students will visit CRC. Priscilla Ito, CRC counseling supervisor, will coordinate their activities. Ito sets up classroom visits for the students, secures their accommodation while on campus and sets up speakers within the CRC faculty.

Ito said, "The emphasis of this program is to give them the college experience."

For middle school teachers, Chris Morris and Alison McKeeman, this is their first time being involved in the program and both agree that the more laid-back environment allows them to be involved with the students in a different way. McKeeman believes this program will be a success.

Morris said,"They can achieve and they can be a success."

Keith Moorman, a 13-year-old from Harriet Eddy Middle School stated he enjoyed the classes especially the visit to the TV studio. He said, "it was pretty fun."

Two other eighth grade students from James Rutter Middle School, Justin Usher and Dawan Finney, both said that college was not as hard as they thought.

Finney said, "I liked going to the classes, but I liked looking at the college girls the best.

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