2012-03-29 / Local & State

CAPS Readies SF Students For Postsecondary Education


Southern Fulton ninth- and tenth-graders visit Hagerstown Regional Airport. Southern Fulton ninth- and tenth-graders visit Hagerstown Regional Airport. For three days last week, ninth- and 10thgrade students from Southern Fulton High School were given the opportunity to venture out and learn about postsecondary institutions, career options and new technologies in the environmental sciences.

Some of the trips they took included visiting Juniata, Gettysburg and Mont Alto college campuses, learning about geothermal, solar power and organic farming practices as well as careers in occupational and physical therapy and opportunities in the aeronautics field.

The students all had a great time and learned a lot about the surrounding area, as well as postsecondary education and career opportunities for them. These trips would not have been possible if it were not for the CAPS program, the SFHS administration and the efforts of SFHS staff and faculty

CAPS (Creating Access to Postsecondary Schools) is a leveraged partnership opportunity that is intent on increasing the preparedness of students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The initiative consists of one high school partnering with one postsecondary institution; both institutions working together via sponsored activities/ events to introduce students and parents to college opportunities. The partnering institution with Southern Fulton is Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa.

The PHEAA grant allocated for this program was in the amount of $9000. This is Southern Fulton’s second year receiving this grant funding. SFHS is just one of 24 high schools in all of Pennsylvania that are included in this grant. The funding will be used for mentoring, visits, tutors, SAT prep and other collegereadiness activities as agreed upon by the postsecondary institution and the high school.

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