Students with Sammy

Caroline County high school students met Salisbury University mascot Sammy Sea Gull during a recent event held at the college.

SALISBURY — More than 30 Caroline County high school students participated in an event held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Salisbury University, to help boost their college and career readiness.

The students, currently in ninth through 12th grades from both Colonel Richardson and North Caroline high schools, are all members of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s Next Generation Scholars program.

The event, hosted by MBRT, offered a glimpse into college life and included a campus tour, a look into dorm living, lunch in the dining hall, attendance at a football game and the opportunity to meet SU mascot Sammy Sea Gull.

This was the eighth such event held at Salisbury University for students in the MBRT Next Generation Scholars program, designed as a hands-on education event for students to discover programs offered at the college and provide them with choices as they start to think about college and their future.

Previously, MBRT hosted similar events at Allegany College of Maryland, Bowie State University, Chesapeake College, Frostburg University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Towson University.

MBRT also hosted students from Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico counties at Discovery Fest 2019 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where students were exposed to more than 50 colleges and businesses as well as military offerings.

“MBRT and the Next Generations Scholars Program provides an invaluable service to our students,” said Dr. Derek Simmons, director of student services for Caroline County Public Schools. “They broaden their horizons and introduce them to the many pathways that exist to guide them into college and careers.”

Founded in 1992, MBRT is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland.

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