FLINT TWP. — Its not easy being a teen taking those first steps towards adulthood. But the transition hopefully was made easier, at least on the academic side, for teens who attended the 2013 “High School and Beyond” event last week at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School.
About 175 students and parents attended the after-school program that is held annually to help eighth graders make a smooth transition from middle school to high school and also to prepare and plan for life after high school. For many parents, this is the first time they are given this type of planning information, said Wendy McCombs, a CAMS counselor.
Speakers from C-A high school, middle school, the Genesee Intermediate School District and Mott Community College talked with parents about the Michigan Merit Curriculum, ACT testing, Educational Development Plans and financing a college education.
The hour-long presentation was followed a College Fair where representatives from Mott Community College, Baker College, Kettering University, the University of Michigan-Flint and Baker Carman Park Academy provided information about their programs.
While many students get this experience later in their high school careers, C-A students and their parents get the opportunity to attend their first College Fair in middle school, McCombs said.
“Students’ experiences in their first year of high school often determine their success throughout high school and beyond. However, more students fail ninth grade than any other grade,” according to a report from the National High School Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
CAMS counseling department is planning to make the High School and Beyond” event even bigger next year by inviting representatives from Central and Eastern Michigan Universities, McCombs said.
Survey results indicated that parents and students liked the event and thought it was helpful, she said.
Middle school students are offered other programs to help them transition to high school including a Career Fair in the spring, an 8th grade Graduation Night, and tours of the high school.