In partnership with College Access Fairfax and funded by the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, Pathway Connection, part of the College Pathway Initiatives, held the 3rd annual Pathway Connection Summer Institute June 23 to 25 at the Annandale Campus.
Pathway Connection is a college and career readiness program for high school sophomores and juniors who would like additional support in preparing for postsecondary education.
The summer institute is an extension of the school-based program that, for three days, reinforces and enhances the skills that the students have acquired throughout the academic year, while providing students with an opportunity to explore the actual campus/college environment.
This year, the program had a record number of 41 student participants from Fairfax and Arlington County school districts. Participating high schools included Annandale, Edison, Falls Church, Hayfield, HB Woodlawn, J.E.B Stuart, Lee, Mount Vernon, South Lakes, Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown.
The theme of this year’s program was “#GetConnected: Connecting Students to College Through Technology.” Students increased their knowledge in various key success components such as financial literacy, interpersonal communication and technology in college. Students also increased their engagement with NOVA faculty who led a couple of the workshops, including Professor Lucy Holsonbake (AL) from Speech Communications and Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover (AL) from Learning Technology Resources. In addition, students connected with student leaders who were present for various workshops and who sat on a panel to answer student questions.
Lastly, the program culminated with a College and Career Expo, which included more than 20 representatives.
For more information, please contact the Pathway Connection Program at email@example.com.