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College Visit Gives CiTi Students Confidence

OSWEGO – A field trip to SUNY Oswego has empowered Exceptional Education students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation to explore the whole college experience.

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Students from the CiTi stand with their mentors before watching a planetarium show as part of a field trip to SUNY Oswego, as part of the Mentor-Scholars Program.

During the recent visit, students in grades seven through nine felt a boost of confidence as they gained access to the following areas of college life: a dormitory room, the Marano ice arena, classroom labs and the planetarium.

The tour culminated with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity (creating cardboard robotic hands) and then eating lunch at a dining hall.

CiTi students were joined by several college students who they were paired with as part of the Mentor-Scholars Program, a partnership between SUNY Oswego and CiTi.

Holly Nosiglia, graduate assistant for the program, said the partnership has afforded students the opportunity to gain confidence and to establish individual goals with support from their mentors.

The social and emotional focus of the program with CiTi is unique to the established Mentor-Scholars Program, which typically focuses on academic needs of students in Oswego County.

Jo Ann Smegelsky, CiTi school counselor, and Scott Ball, coordinator of the Mentor-Scholars Program, both said they hope to see the partnership continue next school year.