FLINT TWP. — Interest in making a successful transition from middle school to high school brought out a record number of students and their parents last week for “High School and Beyond,’’ an annual event for eighth graders at Carman- Ainsworth Middle School.
“We had 193 students and parents in attendance for this event,’’ said Wendy McCombs, 8th grade counselor and event coordinator. “This was the biggest crowd we’ve had to date. We have done this for years and every year it gets bigger and better.”
The program introduced parents and students to requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum for high school students, the Educational Development Plan Process (EDP), upcoming Explore ACT testing, and information about Financing a College Education.
Debbie Davis, CAHS assistant principal, presented information about the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Karen Strong, a GISD consultant, provided information on the EDP process; Carlos Cisneros of Mott Community College discussed college financing and Kevin Sumney, CAMS principal talked about ACT testing.
The one-hour program was followed by a College Fair in the cafeteria with representatives from MCC, Baker College- Flint, Kettering University, the University of Michigan – Flint, ITTTech and the Genesee Area Skill Center on hand to talk to parents and students.
McCombs said that next year the College Fair will add Mott Middle College, Baker-Carman Park Academy, and UM-Flint’s Early College.
“We try to improve upon what we are doing every year,’’ she said. “Our community is very important to us and we will continue to reach out to our stakeholders and offer events like this that will increase the likelihood of success in high school and beyond.”
Now more than ever students are expected to look ahead and start planning for their future at a much earlier time, she said. Parents of eighthgraders received letters strongly encouraging them to attend the event.