BUCKSPORT – A transition from high school to college can be challenging academically.
Regional School Unit 25 has been selected to receive a million dollar grant for the next five years, which will help inspire and empower students to achieve their college dreams.
“Aspire Golden Bucks is to work with pre-K – to – 12 curriculum and to integrate aspirational activities and planning opportunities for students and families,” said Jim Boothby, superintendent at RSU 25.
RSU 25 received this grant from the MELMAC Education Foundation and the Jobs for Maine Graduation.
MELMAC has provided funding to 51% of all Maine high schools.
According to the communications coordinator of RSU 25, the goal is to make a strategic plan for students to have a successful transition from high school to college.
“We are looking to help kids identify at an early age not necessarily what they’re going to be and that’s going to be their career for their life, but what they’re interested in and what skills do they need and being future ready is kind of the idea,” said Jennifer Therrien, communications coordinator at RSU 25.
RSU 25 is made up of two elementary buildings, one middle and a high school.
Therrian said the community also will get involved.
“Actually being able to engage with people in the community and in the business world, and to see what pathway they might have. To know what students need to do to be ready and that’s a big motivator,” said Therrian.
RSU 25 will be the only rural school district to do this project.
Therrian said the next step will be planning for the initiative to start by the next school year.