President Barry Brown with Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
For the second consecutive year, Mount Ida played host to the Transitioning Together (T2) Program at Newton North High School that provides mentoring for students who would be the first in their family to attend college.
The full-day on-campus experience for the Newton North students and mentors began with opening remarks from Vice President of Student Affairs, Laura DeVeau, followed by a welcome from President Brown and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
The day included team building activities, tours of campus, sessions on financing an education and a student panel.
“Involving our college and its community with this wonderful city and, particularly, with its schools, is among the most important things we can do to support learning and growth,” said Mount Ida President Barry Brown. “We are committed to this partnership and the success of first generation students.”
David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools added,” We share similar organizational values and goals and we are so fortunate to have a wonderful partner in supporting our first generation students. Visiting Mount Ida is starting to feel like one of our terrific annual events.”
Melissa Hanenberger, College Counselor & T2 Director of Newton North High School echoed those sentiments. “You were able to provide us with a spectacular and informational day. With your inspiration and wisdom, the conversations that were started today will carry us through the next year and a half as a stronger, more cohesive cohort.”
Vice President of Student Affairs, Laura DeVeau
By the end of the day, those in the room who may have felt unsure how to navigate the process, left empowered with the knowledge and information to identify and access the college that is right for them.