By Reynis Vazquez
Published July 10, 2011
A group of 100 high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley and Summit County experienced life on a large college campus for two weeks at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
They participated in the Pre-Collegiate Program, which aims to give students – who will be the first generation in their family to graduate from college – the tools they need to succeed.
The Roaring Fork School District/Summit Pre-Collegiate Summer Camp is funded almost entirely by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Families of the students pay only $40 for the entire stay.
The two-week program, held June 19 to July 1, was structured to prepare students for the rigors of college. They attended math, science, English and ethnic studies classes in buildings across campus. Students stayed in a dormitory to better experience college life.
“The classes were challenging in a good way because they were helping you get ready for college,” said Ivan Sarabia, 16, of Glenwood Springs.
“I learned how to handle more college-level work. I really liked that it was challenging and we got to meet new people and it was in a larger campus than at home.” said Bryan Menjivar, 16, of Basalt.
Leslie Emerson, director of the Roaring Fork School District Pre-Collegiate Program, and Molly Griffith, director of the Summit County Pre-Collegiate Program, accompanied the students for the duration of the program.