NECBAC Sponsors College Clinic New England
August 6, 2018
Colchester, VT — Over three days in July, the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted 55 rising high school juniors and 20 professionals from college admissions offices and community-based organizations for College Clinic New England (CCNE), an intensive three-day workshop to help student participants learn about all aspects of the college search and application processes.
Proudly co-sponsored by the Northeast Consortium Bridging Access to College (NECBAC) and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC), CCNE participants experienced a variety of workshops covering college admissions and financial aid counseling. In addition to working on their individual applications and college essays, student participants attended mini-courses covering a range of disciplines, attended mock interviews and a college fair, and engaged in fun, social programs like the “No-Talent Talent Show.” To ensure that student participants received the best possible mentorship, CCNE mentors attended two full-day trainings, including a workshop focused on cultural competencies. CCNE’s mission is well-aligned with NECBAC’s dedication to promoting college enrollment and retention for underserved student populations, particularly students of color.
Many of the 20 mentors at CCNE represented NECBAC member institutions, including Czarina Hutchins, a Senior Admission Counselor at Providence College. This was Hutchins’ second time serving as a CCNE mentor, and she said that for her, “the most valuable part of the program is watching the students who had no idea that college could be a reality…realize that college can be an option for them.” In addition to “watching students who previously felt limited by their financial or family experiences” become more empowered, Hutchins also said “it was great to watch fellow mentors make connections with students who perhaps reminded them of themselves when they were in high school.”
NECBAC is thrilled to have once again supported CCNE and looks forward to many more opportunities to empower students and professionals through this meaningful, multi-day experience.