Goodwin College: Bridging the Gap between High School and College
High school guidance counselors from around the state gathered in Goodwin College’s Community Room for a spring-themed, informative session and breakfast on March 28. Goodwin employees and a panel of students led an engaging discussion on the benefits of attending Goodwin College. “Students come to Goodwin for a better life and a positive change,” Nick Lentino, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, explained. “We are here to serve them.”
Students who have just graduated from high school may feel a little lost in their new setting, but Goodwin is here to support all students in this unfamiliar process. “We understand that it’s challenging for students, especially when they don’t have family support, but we want to take care of them and guide them,” Lentino stated.
Goodwin student Kaleigh Miller is the first person in her extended family to attend college. “I didn’t have the best grades in high school, and my parents weren’t supportive of my going to college, but Goodwin is my second chance. I started a new life here,” Miller said.
Goodwin’s Summer Bridge Program, a free program designed to bridge the gap between high school and college, puts students on the path to success in college and beyond.
“Some students aren’t engaged after they graduate from high school. This is an opportunity to make sure they are checked in and motivated to attend college in the fall,” said Aaron Isaacs, Director of Educational Opportunity Programs.
“Students just need to come with drive, motivation, and the willingness to succeed. All else is covered at no cost. The benefits for 18 to 20 year olds are tremendous at Goodwin,” said Angela Skyers, Assistant Dean of Students.
After attending Summer Bridge, students are eligible for the MOVE (Men of Vision and Education) and WISE (Women Invested in Securing an Education) programs. If accepted into these programs, they will receive scholarships that cover 75% of their tuition at Goodwin plus free books each semester.
The programs come with myriad support systems and one-on-one guidance. “MOVE and WISE are meant to be engaging and supportive. We meet with students weekly and have team meetings where students get to hear from speakers on a variety of topics,” Isaacs stated.
In order to stay in the program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7, engage in 15 hours of community service per semester, and be active with one of the clubs on campus. “We have completed almost 2,000 hours of community service through MOVE and WISE and are eligible for a Connecticut Community Service Award,” Isaacs noted.
Kyle Thompson, a member of the MOVE program, emphasized that he is not just a student for school, but a student for life. “I wasn’t motivated in high school. I didn’t think college was for me, but I enrolled in the MOVE program and gave it one more shot. Goodwin taught me not to give up and not to sit still. I’ve learned to make choices that will be a ‘good win’,” Thompson said.
Lester Castro, business student and veteran, described Goodwin as a family. “They call me by my first name. Big schools can be overwhelming. Expenses and partying can get in the way. There are so many opportunities here and I can always find the help I need,” Castro stated.
Goodwin hopes to expand on the educational programs offered to add more layers to the fabric of the school. The College committed over $7 million in support for students to start or stay in school last year.
For more information on the Summer Bridge Program, click here. For more information on the MOVE and WISE programs, click here. For questions on enrollment, please contact Sue Hogan, Academic Community Liaison, at 727-6739 or SHogan@goodwin.edu.
By: Hannah Stacy