The program formerly known as Lake Land College Trio Educational Talent Search (ETS) has a new face and name. Now called Destination College, the program is aimed at more fully reaching the individual needs of area middle school and high school students in addition to providing academic, career and financial aid counseling.
“The overall goal of Destination College is to increase the number of students in the area who continue their education at either two-or four- year universities, vocational training institutions, or in a certificate program, and complete that program,” said Lori Ohnesorge, director of Destination College.
With its last grant cycle, Trio ETS focused on disseminating information about academic skills, college, post-high school opportunities and financial aid to middle and high school students throughout the Lake Land College district. Now, the revised program, Destination College, sets out to individually guide each student to create individual goals and a specific plan of how they can work to reach those goals.
“We are making an intentional effort to guide students instead of just relaying information so that they can be the masters of their own futures,” said Ohnesorge. “We aim to expand their horizons to make their biggest dreams be achievable goals and help them to see the paths they can take to realize their dreams.”
Additionally, Destination College will incorporate a more intense student tracking system that will follow students’ grades and connect them with tutoring or additional resources while in middle or high school. The program also will track students into their post-secondary educational pursuits in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
“Tracking the students and their grades is a tool that we can use to help students, but it’s also a great tool to ease the demands on our area guidance counselors by helping them to guide students,” said Ohnesorge.
Other new features to the program include online exercises and activities that students can access at a time convenient for them. This curriculum includes self-paced activities and information on college exploration, financial literacy, job exploration and other guides for students to develop an idea of where they want to be and how to get there.