Essex Students from Dole Middle School in Hawaii were the guests of College for Every Student (CFES) at its March 21 professional development dinner.
North Country Community College staff joined their peers from seven local high schools and Dole for the event, held at the new CFES office complex in Essex.
“The goal is to gather the schools and colleges together and provide a space for sharing best practices of each,” Tara Lambert, Vice President of Programs at CFES, said. “We want to be able to hear about the plans from the schools and work to create the strongest persistence programs in the North Country.”
“Every time we can have the opportunity to branch out and meet people from different schools we take it,” Crown Point School Counselor and CFES Advisor Andrea McDonald said. “We have been working with CFES for 10 years now, and I actually worked here before I went to Crown Point. They help us generate ideas and brainstorm potential practices that we can then take and shift to make it fit in our school.”
“We are honored to be working with dream makers in the North Country, who take the CFES practices, and make them come to life in their schools everyday by creatively engaging CFES Scholars and getting them on the path to college,” CFES President Rick Dalton said.
The organization plans to continue to hold and expand their professional development services as their new facility is completed. The offices are located next to the Essex Inn in the hamlet of Essex, in the same building as the town’s Post Office. CFES bought the building for the purpose of turning it into the hub, while also looking to rent portions to the USPS and other entities.