Four MWCC Upward Bound Math and Science students took part in a regional conference focused on helping students access college and reach their academic goals.
The students attended a series of workshops on planning and preparing for college, toured of area colleges, participated in a variety of activities, had the opportunity to meet Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, and made the local news.
Jon “Jay” Pereira, a student at Murdock Middle High School in Winchendon, Kyle Woodward, a student at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, MWCC student Natasha LeDoux and Athol High School student Amber Vieu joined hundreds of their teen-aged peers from around New England for the annual TRIO day sponsored by the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Feb. 17 – 19 in Burlington, Vermont.
“Knowing how to deal with scholarships and all the finances and what I should expect for interest and all that stuff… that’s what really, really got to me,” Pereira commented to a television news reporter. (View the clip here).
Mount Wachusett Community College’s UBMS program is offered to students at Gardner High School, Athol High School and Murdock Middle/Senior High School in Winchendon. Two-thirds of the students are from low income or first-generation college families and have an identified need for services. UBMS is one of the nationwide TRIO programs created through federal legislation over 50 years ago and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.