Teens Get College Planning Advice From Public College Students Studying Math & Science
Anew effort to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and career training was in Lawrence last week as part of a statewide Go Public! campaign to highlight the range of opportunities awaiting students at the state’s 29 public campuses.
Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland appeared at Lawrence High with student speakers from the U/Mass Lowell, Salem State University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Northern Essex Community College and Middlesex Community College.
He urged 800 Lawrence High juniors to “finish strong” in their senior year in order to lay the groundwork for college success.
Several Massachusetts companies, including Natick Labs and Strem Chemical, sent employees who are alumni of the state’s public colleges and universities to offer career advice to students.
The Lawrence event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and GEAR UP Massachusetts, a federally funded program serving more than 7,000 students throughout the Commonwealth in seven high poverty districts, including Lawrence, Springfield, Lowell, Boston, New Bedford, Worcester, and Holyoke.
“It’s fantastic that Lawrence High students have had this opportunity to gain exposure to STEM careers and ‘college knowledge,’ especially those students who come from families where no one has ever attended college. This gives our kids a chance to envision a brighter future for themselves after high school,” said GEAR UP Massachusetts’ Director Robert Dais.