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12-18-13: High schools prepare students for college and career opportunities
12-18-13: High schools prepare students for college and career opportunities
Posted on 12/18/2013

Surrounded by crimson and gray banners, Washington State University representatives offered college admission to more than 75 high school seniors in November during luncheon celebrations at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools.


The offer to attend WSU is part of the university’s new onsite admission program launched this fall at high schools throughout Washington state.


The onsite admission is also part of a larger effort by the Puyallup School District to keep students focused on post-high school education plans and equip them with the tools they need to be successful.Image


College representatives from University of Washington Seattle, Central Washington University, Whitworth University, and Pacific Lutheran University visited Emerald Ridge High, for example, to share information about their campuses.


The school also partnered with the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce to host a career information day for students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.


A panel of community members discussed their careers and the obstacles they had to overcome to get their jobs. They also advised students what education is needed in high school and beyond to prepare for those careers.


The high school events occurred just weeks after the Puyallup School Board formalized a partnership with the University of Washington Tacoma to expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Puyallup School District students.


The “Pathway to Partnership” enables students to be considered for automatic acceptance as freshmen at the UW Tacoma campus if they meet agreed-upon admission requirements.


“Part of our duty as educators is to help students access opportunities beyond high school,” said Mark Knight, executive director of college and career readiness. “Sometimes the next step is hard to navigate, and that is especially true when it comes to college enrollment procedures. This partnership with WSU, as well as the Pathway to Promise program with the University of Washington Tacoma, will help simplify the admissions process and get our students on the road to college.”


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