Maine High Schoolers Take Crash Course on Rigors of College Life
Rachel Ohm, Portland Press Herald
For 16-year-old Emily Glidden, summer days are usually filled with babysitting and spending time with friends. Last week, however, the senior at Winslow High School spent almost every waking hour studying at Thomas College.
The Jobs for Maine's Graduates Summer Academy offers rising high school students like Gidden an opportunity to take a one-week intensive college course while also giving them a feel for the academic and financial rigors of campus life. Participants live in a dorm and eat on campus, at no cost. The idea is to raise aspirations and help students, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college, successfully transition into postsecondary education and successful careers.