Bancroft-Rosalie Public Schools believes college visits are a vital part of the school selection process.
Bancroft-Rosalie Students take college visits to a community, four-year, and private college during their high school years. Superintendent Dr. Jon Cerny says 10th graders visit a four-year institution and 11th graders visit a private college.
“10th graders we take to either Wayne State College or UNO. I think this year we’re planning on going to Wayne State. Then their junior we either take them to Morningside or Midland. And I believe this year we’re going to Morningside. And we also pair that with a second trip to Wayne.”
Cerny says sophomores attend career day at WSC and take a campus tour their junior year, and juniors take a campus tour of Morningside.
Seniors get 2 college visit days arranged through Bancroft-Rosalie’s Guidance Office.
He adds 9th grade students visit Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
Bancroft-Rosalie has students go on college visits before their high school years.
“Our system starts in 8th grade with college visits. Now we do some things with field trips for younger kids, but basically our college visitation process starts in 8th grade. And the 8th graders will have a one-day trip to either Midland or UNO. Last year we took them to UNO…this year we’re taking them to Midland,” Cerny said.
Cerny says the visit to Midland will be for part of the day and then students will visit a business.
Cerny adds the idea is to have students generally know what they want to do with their life by the time they enter high school.
“In the 8th grade year we’re trying to get kids to starting making career decisions. Just general career decisions about the 6 career clusters the Department of Education has identified as the main 6 areas. We try to start getting them to narrow that down to maybe a couple areas that they’re interested in. And then design a four-year plan of courses that they’re going to take in high school that will prepare them for a career in that area.”
Cerny feels it’s important for students to gather as much information as they can before making a college decision. That includes being on campus, seeing what it’s like, getting a feel for what the school has to offer as far as clubs, and staying engaged in the school.