This fall, Student Academic Services will partner with James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville to better prepare the high school students for college. Frank Hemphill, director of academic services, spearheaded this cooperation two years ago. Since then, Hemphill has worked with the principal of the high school, developing a schedule of events this past summer.
“The main purpose of the program is to help high school students prepare for college so that they know what to expect in the next few years of their lives,” Hemphill explained.
The program will target freshmen and sophomore students, granting them exposure to the idea of college, a topic that the people at academic services feel is not stressed enough to early high school students.
The three sessions targeted at freshmen and sophomore students will focus on the topics of time management, organizational skills and learning style. Additionally, Director of Admissions Sherman Dean will discuss with the students the correlation between high school and college.
There will be a session open to all students and parents in early November, which will give students and parents an idea of admissions criteria—they will learn what they need to do to prepare for college in terms of standardized test scores, academic performance and college essay writing.
Finally, in April, the admissions office will sponsor a field trip to Hiram where high school juniors will learn information on the college writing process.