GOALS Gear Up Program Prepares Pleasantville, Atlantic City Students for Life After High School | Local News
ATLANTIC CITY – Michael Wright has come a long way from the student he was just a few years ago.
Previously struggling in class, the ACIT senior has since been a member of the University of Stockton’s GOALS Gear Up, a college readiness program that has provided students in Pleasantville and Atlantic City with resources and mentorship. to guide them to their next level of education.
Wright will attend Rowan University as a major in music engineering. He, along with six other seniors from Gear Up, made his college announcement on Saturday at the Stockton campus in Atlantic City.
“I think it was very beneficial because before I didn’t know where I wanted to go,” Wright, an Atlantic City resident, said of the program. “It also helped academically. I was terrible in school, but now I’m fine.
The program, launched in 2019 with funding from the New Jersey Office of Higher Education, is aimed at students in seventh through freshman college. It offers workshops ranging from career and major exploration to study and note taking.
Program Director Destiny Talley drafted the grant for the program, which is funded by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. She said this has already proven to be “incredibly” important to the community.
“Our main goal is to make sure our students know they have this extra support in the village,” said Talley, of Camden. “Any student who wants to go to college or has a plan after high school should be able to write it for them, and they should be able to have an additional resource they can access, to help them create and map that plan.” . “