Yesterday, sixty 8th-grade students in the Monongahela Middle School AVID program attended the National College Fair at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Over 200 colleges from across the country were on-hand to encourage students to learn more about their institutions and help them sort through the qualities they are looking for in a college. Monongahela students were the first-and-only middle school students present at the fair.

“A huge part of AVID is offering these types of real-world experiences,” said AVID advisor Jen Liguori. “We work very hard to challenge our students to think about and see the world in new ways, and this worldly visit really broadens their perspective on colleges and the collegiate experience. I was very proud to share in the students’ excitement about this visit and to see the questions they asked.”

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program offered in middle and high school that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach to close the opportunity gap and prepare all students for college, careers, and life. The program is offered as part of the regular curriculum and Liguori teaches the AVID elective course during the school day at Monongahela.


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