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Wesleyan’s Pre-College Access Program Wraps Up Summer Program

Seventy-nine high school students attended the summer session of Wesleyan’s Pre-College Access Program. (Photo by Cybele Moon)

This summer, high school students from Middletown and surrounding areas were immersed in college life, often collaborating with faculty and staff across campus, during the summer session of Wesleyan’s Pre-College Access Program. From an overnight stay on campus, to a field trip to Philadelphia to visit colleges, opportunities to get a feel for college life were plenty.

Wesleyan University’s Pre-College Access Program is application-based and is developed to enhance the academic skills and preparation of talented high school students who have an interest in pursuing higher education.

“Our programs tailor to low-income and first-generation college students,” explained Miguel Peralta, director of Pre-College Access Programs and Upward Bound Math-Science at Wesleyan. “Two-thirds of our participants are both.”

Serving 79 students from Middletown, Meriden and New Britain and running from June 22 to Aug. 1, the Pre-College Access Program is made possible by the federally funded TRIO program and designed to strengthen the math and science skills of high school students from Meriden and New Britain. Middletown students are served by Wesleyan funds and private foundations.

High School Students May Enroll in New Pre-College Study Program

Eric Charry, associate professor of music, will teach the online course, History of Rock and R&B, as part of Wesleyan's new Pre-College Study program.

Eric Charry, associate professor of music, will teach the online course, History of Rock and R&B, as part of Wesleyan’s new Pre-College Study program.

This summer, high-achieving high school students from around the world will have the opportunity to delve into the Wesleyan experience by enrolling in online courses.

Wesleyan’s Office of Continuing Studies will launch a pilot project offering non-credit online courses featuring some of Wesleyan’s areas of strength such as psychology, creative writing, environmental studies, and music as part of the new Pre-College Study program.

“These subject areas are in high demand, but difficult for many high school students to find,” said Rob Rosenthal, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These online courses, characterized by small class size and personal interaction between faculty and students, will recreate some of the seminar feeling that is a hallmark of Wesleyan.”

The four initial courses are:

History of Rock and R&B, taught by Eric Charry, professor of music; Environmental Studies, taught by Helen Poulos, postdoctoral teaching fellow in environmental studies; Topics in Psychology, taught by Noel Garrett, visiting lecturer in Graduate Liberal Studies;