Lasell Gears Up for College Awareness Visits

Lasell Gears Up for College Awareness Visits

March 24, 2011

Lasell College's ACES Program will host about 20 students from Boston Renaissance Charter Public School for a campus visit and introduction to College on March 29th.

The goal of the program, which involves a partnership with the charter school, is to inform young elementary age students about the possibilities of a college education. This year the program has expanded to also include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and the Science Club for Girls Organization of Cambridge, MA.

ACES began in the 2007-2008 academic year at Lasell, founded by a College Board Greenhouse Program Grant. During the fall 2010 semester alone, Lasell has hosted four total visits welcoming over 200 5th and 6th grade students to tour the campus.

"We are very excited to continue our partnership with the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School and look forward to building out our program with our new partners (Science Club for Girls and Boston Boys and Girls Club) for the ACES College Awareness Visits. The kids who come here teach us so much," says Sharyn Lowenstein, Director of the Center for Community Based Learning.

The 25 Lasell students are scheduled to be involved with this event giving campus tours, answering questions about college and having dinner with the charter school students in Valentine Dining Hall. This spring, BRCPS will also return for two Shadow Days, when 6th graders will be paired with Lasell students to follow them around for a day.

On April 9th, ACES will also host similar event, Science Club for Girls Awareness Day that will involve 12-15 students from Science Club for Girls based out of a variety of schools, and 10-15 Lasell volunteers.

"I have really enjoyed being able to work with the ACES program both as an undergraduate student and now as a staff member at Lasell," says Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie of the Center for Community Based Learning. "I think the program offers a great experience for the 5th and 6th graders who visit our college, while also benefiting our college students here at Lasell."

By Emmalyn Anderson