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EAC Intertribal Club visits Fort Thomas Junior High School

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EAC Intertribal Club visits Fort Thomas Junior High School

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Members of Eastern Arizona College’s Intertribal Club visited Fort Thomas Junior High School last Monday to share their insights with the students about the path to college. Each of the club members shared insight on the progress of their education at EAC and the things they did in grade school to prepare for their college experience.

The club members also spoke about what they might have done differently to prepare for college if given the chance, along with challenges they have faced outside of the classroom.

During his presentation, Intertribal Club member and Fort Thomas graduate Jeromy Anderson stated, “College is about choices. College is something you should do for yourself.”

Fort Thomas Guidance Counselor, Mollie Carlin, added, “I feel the presentation by the Intertribal Club students was very informative for our students. Our students need to begin thinking about their futures and this was an excellent way to plant the seeds that we can foster and grow through their remaining years at Fort Thomas. This is something we need to do every year for all of our students.”

EAC counselor and Intertribal Club advisor, Sharon Allen, was also on hand for the event. Allen shared her insights on what junior high students can do now to prepare for and succeed in college. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions of the group after the presentation.

At the conclusion of the event, the students were addressed by Fort Thomas Principal Shane Hawkins who then presented each of them with a “Pathway to College” t-shirt.

Fort Thomas Unified School District is participating in the Pathway to College/GEAR UP grant that is sponsored by Eastern Arizona College. Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded grant program that works with students nationwide. The purpose of the Pathway to College program is to prepare students academically and financially to enter and succeed in college. The program is currently serving students in nine districts throughout Eastern Arizona.