OUR SCHOOLS: Our Students Share Stories about their College-going Culture
Jazmine Brown, a senior at Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, recounts that even as a little girl her goal was to go to college. Jazmine, who has had two internships; one at the Hartford Parking Authority and one as the Project Lead for the Hartford EV (electric vehicle charging station) Project, calls herself a “College-bound Student.”
One of the bold goals of our Strategic Operating Plan is reaching 100% College Acceptance for our students by the year 2020. And whether our students go on to career, the military, trade schools or liberal arts colleges, we want to ensure that we are working with students, teachers, families and counselors to cultivate college and career-bound mind-sets in all of our students so that they have access to the best opportunities possible as they determine their individual trajectories.
Not all of our students have as clear a path as Jazmine has had. Here in Hartford approximately 23% of our residents are foreign-born*; many of our students are first-generation college-bound students and have needed to be strong self-advocates, finding the answers about financial aid, college applications, and testing from their counselors, teachers, and school staff.
Please watch our “Conversations in Education” television show about College Access in which we shared stories with some of our college-bound seniors to understand their unique journeys, including the application process, financing education, acceptance, the value of a post-graduate year, transitioning to a college culture from high school, the value of internships, and being a first generation college student. Our special guests were Joselyn Arroyo, a 2015 graduate of Pathways Academy of Technology who matriculated to Wesleyan University; Tonya Gray, a college-bound senior from Our Culinary Arts Academy, first generation college student and winner of the 2016 Fox Scholarship; Shamar Richards, a senior and Hartford Promise Scholar from Hartford Public High School’s Law & Government Academy who has been accepted to several colleges, but who is considering a post-graduate year at a college preparatory high school (He is also a winner of a 2016 Fox Scholarship;) and Jazmin Brown, a senior at Hartford Public High Schools’ Academy of Engineering & Green Technology, and an intern andproject lead for the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations project here in Hartford.
Also, please make sure you take a look at the list of all the colleges, universities and military branches to which our students have been accepted, by clicking here.