‘College caravan’ visits Granville

‘College caravan’ visits Granville
Granville juniors and seniors gather outside on Oct. 6 for the "College Caravan" with over a dozen local colleges and universities showing them what they have to offer in secondary education.

Aiming for an introductory exposure to nearby secondary education destinations twice a school year, the first “College Caravan” for this year took place on Oct. 6 at Granville Junior/Senior High School outside the steps of the middle school.

With more than a dozen colleges and universities in attendance, Granville juniors and seniors went in shifts to observe potential academic and career paths.

“We just want to introduce students to what opportunities are out there,” school counselor Erin Rueckert said. “I hope they learn some things and they get excited for life after high school.”

Across the border in Vermont, Castleton University Alpine Ski coach Chris Eder was able to plug the academic and athletic benefits of the “small university with a big heart,” offering 75 academic programs, 28 Division III athletic programs and more than 50 clubs and activities.

“Being that we’re somewhat local, it’s nice that they want us here,” Eder said.

Illustrating its popularity with Granville students, Eder said within 15 minutes of setting up his table, he was almost out of informational materials. One of the perks of Castleton is the small classroom size for students to be able to learn more attentively and establish a relationship with their professor(s).

“You’re going to know your professor on a first-name basis,” Eder said.

Representing SUNY Cobleskill, John Ramoska said his college offers two separate schools to learn from that typically draw Granville and Washington County graduates. The School of Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources provides a variety of opportunities with 25 different Bachelor’s Degree programs.

“We’re happy that we’re here,” Ramoska said.

Aside from academic eligibility requirements Ramoska added that SUNY Cobleskill seeks motivated, dedicated and passionate students while recruiting.

Lorie A. Ruth of Maria College in Albany was excited to speak with Nursing and Occupational Therapist Assistant and Psychology program hopefuls, strong points for the private Catholic school. Ruth touched on the services provided at Maria College, such as tutors and professionals to proof-read and assist in the resume building process.

“Our student support services are incredible,” Ruth said. “We are trying to help people achieve their dreams and become all they can be.”