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Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s College Pathways Program Reaches 109 Girls

August 1, 2013

This year, 109 students from A.I. Prince Technical High School benefited from Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s College Pathways program.

The program consisted of eight in-school sessions informing the students of the college admission process, covering SAT/ACT prep and financial aid, and included a panel discussion featuring young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. This year, the girls had the chance to visit ten colleges in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, culminating in College 101 at UConn.

College 101 is a full weekend at UConn, where girls live together in the dorms, experiencing campus life. During the weekend, workshops and activities taught the girls about budgeting for college, the financial aid process, and essay writing, while they connected with UConn staff and students about the many services available on campus and the daily routine at college.

“This experience is invaluable to these students,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “For many of these girls, this program helps them connect with fellow students and with staff at colleges and prepare them for college. These activities give a girl the confidence she needs to succeed at the collegiate level and pursue her dreams.”

Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s College Pathways program is funded in part by The Travelers Companies, Inc. This program is an out-of-school activity that has meetings on a regular basis, encouraging the educational and career goals of urban Hartford area girls in grades 8 through 12. Activities include helping a girl determine a choice of college and preparing her with practice tests and information about admissions requirements. In addition, College Pathways helps cultivate a girl’s confidence in financial literacy, time management, and other life skills that will set her on the track towards collegiate success and economic self-sufficiency.

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