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Bank of America Continues Support for Fisher’s College Club Program

September 15, 2016

St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from Bank of America, continuing its support for Fisher’s after-school extracurricular College Club program.

Students at the fairport exchange

This is the fourth grant Bank of America has awarded to the College Club, formally called Partnership for Success. The program is designed to mentor teens through two fundamental components: college readiness education and a research project. Fisher currently runs its program at three Rochester area high schools—Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS), East Rochester High School, and University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men (UPrep). Organizers of the club anticipate that nearly 150 students—50 from each school—will participate in the program in the coming academic year.

“This grant will allow us to continue to offer high quality, effective programs on college readiness to students in our community,” said Dr. Jeff Liles, an associate professor in the School of Education who serves as program director for the College Club. “The financial support funds materials for workshops, visits to local colleges, and provides backpacks, books, and calculators to student participants so they can make the most of their experience.”

Students in Fisher's College Club meet to discuss topics from college life to the admissions process to financial aid.

Students in Fisher's College Club meet to discuss topics from college life to the admissions process to financial aid.

The club meets monthly to teach high school students college-level knowledge and skills, paving the way for greater academic and post-graduate success. The group discusses topics from college life to the admissions process to financial aid, also referred to as “college talk.” Additionally, the program gives students the opportunity to tour Fisher and neighboring colleges, to get acquainted with academic and student life on campus.

Program organizers hope to position one lead teacher at each of the three high schools, who will serve as a source of encouragement for the students and act as the liaison between the schools and the College. Also new to the program this year is the publication of The College Cappuccino magazine, which was developed by two students at RECIHS through their involvement in the College Club. Using a relevant, peer-to-peer format, the magazine will provide important college information and resources to nearly 1,200 students throughout the Rochester City School District.