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Students explore college opportunities

Some of the rural New York students visiting Middlebury may never have stepped foot on a college campus; most, if not all, were surprised at what they saw.

Crown Point student Antonio Rodrigeuz was impressed with what he saw.

"I was invited to join our CFES school leadership group," he said. "It's a great experience plus we're visiting several college campuses. I plan on following my two brothers by attending college, too. I am interested in either criminal justice or business."

CFES partners with urban and rural schools from New York to Hawaii. It focuses on three steps in directing students to pursue higher education:

First, and as early as possible, CFES with campus partners exposes students to college as a real option in life.

Second, the organization creates mentor relationships between younger students and older individuals who can talk about college learning and life.

Third, CFES believes that its "leadership through service" approach inspires young students to take responsibility and provide service to their schools and local communities to help inspire leadership skills.

For more information about CFES, see the organization's website www.collegefes.org or call Tara Lambert at 802-462-3170.

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