On August 30th and 31st, the College Access Program and CPSP partners - Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Lincoln University, and Citi - participated a successful freshman orientation at Roxborough High School that shifted the focus to college preparation. Over 175 students, parents, staff members, and invited partners participated in the two-day orientation session hosted by Principal Stephen Brandt and his team.
The College Access Program and partners from the Citi Postsecondary Success Program presented to both parents and students. Jason Cook and Don Haskin, from Citi Bank presented a Financial Literacy workshop for parents. Dolores Adriaanse, College Access coordinator, also presented to parents and emphasized the importance of going to college. Admissions representatives from Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Lincoln University introduced college opportunities to small, rotating groups of students.
Parents of incoming freshman students responded favorably to the orientation, with one parent noting that, "The principal’s message [was] very strong and encouraging for our [children’s] future." Principal Brandt also expressed his appreciation and noted the impact of the orientation, stating that a student "passed up an opportunity to go to a nearby special admissions school, opting to attend RHS instead after attending orientation."