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High school students participate in "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program

Students from Reading High School and from various Philadelphia High Schools will visit Penn State Berks for the fourth annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

Approximately thirty tenth- and eleventh-graders will participate in the program. Each high school student will be individually matched with a college student mentor for part of the day. The students will experience a typical day on campus with their mentor from 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. During this time, the students will attend classes with their mentor, have lunch in the campus cafeteria, talk with faculty and staff, and visit various locations on campus.

In addition to the shadowing experience, the students will experience a full day of activities including a continental breakfast, an official welcome to the campus from Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk, an admissions workshop, a campus tour led by Penn State Berks Lion Ambassadors, and an informal dinner, followed by a presentation about the many clubs and organizations available to students at the college, featuring the Brotherhood of Scholarship Cultural Awareness and Community Service Club and the Penn State Berks Dance Team.

The Reading High School students were selected through the Penn State Educational Partnership Program. The Philadelphia High School students were selected through the Penn State Philadelphia Community Recruitment Center.

The Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), an early intervention collaboration between the Penn State College of Education and Pennsylvania school districts, was developed to help underrepresented youths perform more effectively in school, go on to some form of post-secondary education, and increase their chances for successful employment in later life. The Penn State Berks PEPP works with the Reading School District. The approach involves a partnership between students, teachers, parents, corporations, government, colleges, and universities.

The Penn State Philadelphia Community Recruitment Center assists Philadelphia area high school students with all Penn State admissions functions, including the admissions and financial aid application process.For more information on the “Be a Penn Stater for a Day” program, contact Guadalupe Kasper, Program Manager for PEPP, at 610-396-6272 or via e-mail at GUR10@psu.edu.

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