Headed by Erica Hepburn, College Tour Explosion took place on May 21-23 on Abaco at Change Ministries International.
According to Hepburn, the College Explosion Coordinator, the three-day symposium highlighted “College Readiness” for students in Grades 9 through 11.
Overall, the symposium explored the main topics of: ACT (Why Choose ACT?); Taking the Test (ACT, SAT, AP, etc.); Financing your College Education; and College Readiness.
Speakers included Mr. Lamar Bunts from the ACT, who is currently Vice President of International Programs. Bunts educated students and teachers on various concepts of the ACT, so that students prepare themselves early to meet and understand the requirements to enter academic, technical and vocational programs.
While the ACT is designed to measure academic achievement in the areas of English, Mathematics, reading, and science, the SAT measures critical reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills.
Some benefits of the ACT and SAT are that both tests are used as guidelines for college admissions; academic advising; awarding course credit, especially in English and Math courses; and awarding scholarships.
“This was Phase One in a three-phase series to increase college readiness,” Hepburn explained. “The purpose of this first event is to heighten student awareness of the ACT [because] the majority of students are aware of the SAT, but not the ACT.”
Hepburn said that forums and exhibitions were also set up to familiarize counselors and students of the importance of preparing for life beyond high school in advance.
Thanks to Change Ministries International, Rotary Club of Abaco and K&S Auto Rentals, she added that they were able to sponsor Bunts’ visit to Abaco.
“This upcoming school year, we will have an official launch of the ACT,” Hepburn excitedly revealed. “We are preparing for a Pilot Project that will take place on June 10, 2014 to give students from Grade 8 and up exposure to the test and college readiness preparation.”