For Immediate Release: Nov. 15, 2016
BLOOMSBURG—Nearly 400 eighth-graders from Bloomsburg, Danville and Benton middle schools will participate in the second annual College Bound Day Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Hosted by BU’s College of Education, the middle school students will attend three Junior Achievement lessons centering on personal identity, budgeting finances and career exploration. They will tour the campus, including visits to the Andruss Library, a residence hall room and classrooms, and eat lunch in Roongo’s Café.
“We want them to start thinking about their future, particularly about choosing a career and potentially going to college,” said Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of teaching and learning at BU. “A program much like this got me thinking about the possibility of attending college when I was their age.”
BU education majors will gain teaching experience through the program, she added. Members of the BU chapter of the Association of Middle Level Education (BU-AMLE) are in charge of organizing instructional materials and training volunteer preservice teachers, who will instruct the eighth-graders. Rogowsky, adviser of BU-AMLE, and Kimberly Bolig, director of BU’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center, are coordinating the program.
BU is partnering with Junior Achievement and the Zeigler Family Foundation to present Junior Achievement Economics for Success, a middle school program that shows the value of a college education. Junior Achievement middle school programs are developed with a primary emphasis on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, while providing a strong secondary emphasis on mathematics, reading and writing skills.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.