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High School-Bound Trenton Students Study
Math and Science at MCCC T
his Summer


West Windsor, N.J. - In addition to the traditional middle and high school enrichment programs offered through Mercer County Community College's Youth College, this summer the college offered an intensive math and science program for 23 rising 9th graders who will head to Trenton High School this fall.

According to Program Director Wayne Murray, the four-week pilot project was designed to help these students make a successful bridge from middle school to high school - particularly in the critical areas of math and science.

"This program was great," student Najaae Tucker said. "Normally I wouldn't be doing anything special and here, I had a chance to learn some math and science that will prepare me when I start school in the fall. The teachers made it fun. I got smarter this summer."

The program, which was held at Mercer's Trenton and West Windsor campuses, provided students with the opportunity to use MCCC's state-of-the-art labs and to learn in a college setting.

Murray notes, "We employed teachers who are knowledgeable about both the eighth and ninth grade curriculums. They were able to review concepts and introduce new material that will make a difference for these students as they start high school. It worked out really well."

According to Murray, the pre- and post-program test scores were very satisfying. "In some cases, scores improved by as much as 20 points," he said.

On August 10, close to 200 rising 7th through 12th graders who participated in Youth College's SMILE/Gear Up, Urban Academic Academy and Upward Bound programs presented their capstone summer projects to an audience of peers and parents at the West Windsor campus. Among the presentations was one in robotics, where students demonstrated robot movement based on computer programs they wrote, while another presentation in public speaking gave two teams of students a chance to debate whether outside vendors should be allowed to sell unhealthy food to young people at their schools.

Also part of the closing ceremony was the presentation of awards to students for academic achievement and perfect attendance. Staff awards included recognition for outstanding teachers, counselors, and mentors.

MCCC's Youth College programs are offered at the college's Trenton campus and include Educational Talent Search, SMILE/Gear Up, Upward Bound and Urban Academic Academy. More information about these programs is available here.



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Youth College students presented their summer projects to an audience of peers and parents at the West Windsor campus on August 10.
More Youth College students on campus
In debate: Should fast food be sold by outside vendors in the schools? This presentation was one of many that highlighted work completed by high schoolers this summer.
An appreciative audience gives debaters an "A."