ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)– Ansonia Middle School teachers are preparing some 8th grade students for college through a new mentoring program. Teachers are showing the kids how they can fulfill their dreams and reach for the stars.
Ansonia Middle Schools students are taking their first steps to find out what college is all about. The program, College Access For All Kids was the brainchild of 8th grade math teacher Jessica Bedosky so children could start thinking about their future.
“We are making the college experience tangible, this is why you are working for college, this is why you have good grades, this is why you have good behavior because you need those things in order to achieve the college dream,” said Bedosky.
It’s a feet to the ground program. Students are visiting colleges to get a first hand look a first hand look at college life.
“It will give children the advantage to go to college and achieve the dreams that they want instead of struggling and not being able to get the education that they need,” said Nevaeh Sorrentino, Ansonia Middle School.
Ansonia Middle school teachers are mentoring the students and guiding them in every step of the way.
“The teachers go above and beyond what’s expected with mentoring our students and making sure they make the right choices and career choices,” said Terri Goldson, Ansonia Middle School Principal.
The program focuses on first generation college students.
“Students whose parents did not go to college and giving them that on going monitor-ship to help them do that,” said Sorrentino.
“I think it is cool. I will be the first in my family that will go to college and I want to make a difference in my family when I get older to show my kids it is important to go to college,” said Sebastian Ayala, Ansonia Middle School.
“When I get older I want to go to college and own a business so I thought this is the first step to learning about it and get everything that I need for it,” said Angeleah Johnson, Ansonia Middle School.