Nine Springfield Public Schools will launch the 2017-2018 season of the College Matters for U Program next month. During a drawing earlier today, UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS) team members selected the first set of schools that will visit the Center starting in October. They are: Beal, Boland and Lincoln Elementary Schools; Duggan Academy, STEM Middle Academy, Van Sickle Academy--all middle schools; and the High School of Commerce, Springfield Central High School and the High School of Science and Technology.
"We launch the program each October as part of Springfield Public Schools' College and Career Awareness Month," said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, UMCS Director of Marketing & Community Relations. "By participating in the full-day program, these students learn about S.T.E.A.M. careers and college options in a university environment." S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Program content is delivered by university faculty, staff and students, community partners and the UMCS team. FirstStudent sponsors the transportation for the schools and Sodexo Education sponsors the lunch.
This is the third year the UMass Center has offered the College Matters for U experience. To date over 1,200 students in grades K-12 have attended the program. The Center is preparing to host at least 20 more schools between November and June.
Attending today's drawing were SPS Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick and UMCS Director of Operations Daniel Montagna.