Eighth graders take 'Tour of Excellence'

Students Mirranda Burbank, right, and Ashley Anderson practice hair design techniques in the cosmetology department of MPTC.

Thinking about college ... in middle school?

You bet.

Ripon students are doing just that under a program that gets them to ponder their future at an earlier age.

More than 100 eighth graders at Ripon Middle School recently took the “Tour of Excellence,” whereby they visited three area places of higher education.

On May 24, several busses of Ripon eighth graders visited Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC), Marian University and the campus at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac.

“The purpose behind it is basically to have eighth-grade students exposed to different college settings,” Ripon Middle School guidance counselor Todd Arft explained. “They’re going to see what a technical college looks like, a two-year and a four-year college where you can get your master’s ... And this is our second year doing it.”

The focal point was “more or less the programs that each of the schools offer,” Arft said.

The idea is, by the time these students reach high school, “They have something to go off of ... I think that’s good,” he said.

The day included tours and break-out sessions. The students checked out classrooms, dorms, cafeterias, classes and more ... Continue reading in the June 7 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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