Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars pro­gram ex­pands dur­ing sum­mer

Caro­line stu­dents to visit Bowie State Univer­sity and var­i­ous camps cul­ti­vated specif­i­cally for them

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BAL­TI­MORE — The Mary­land Busi­ness Round­table for Ed­u­ca­tion held its fourth Learn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents in its Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars pro­gram at Bowie State Univer­sity on Fri­day, July 13.

“A Gate­way of Op­por­tu­nity @ Bowie State Univer­sity” is de­signed as a hands-on ed­u­ca­tion event for 260 stu­dents with a demon­strated fi­nan­cial need in grades seven through nine from Al­le­gany, Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent and Wi­comico coun­ties to ex­plore sev­eral pro­grams of­fered at the school and in­spire var­i­ous ca­reer in­ter­ests. Pre­vi­ously, MBRT hosted sim­i­lar Sat­ur­day Learn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ences at Tow­son Univer­sity, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege and Frost­burg State Univer­sity.

“Sum­mer learn­ing loss is a real is­sue that ex­ists for K-12 stu­dents,” said Brian Du­lay, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of MBRT. “Stu­dents who come from un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties and who have a demon­strated fi­nan­cial need face even more chal­lenges as a re­sult of sum­mer va­ca­tion, which is why MBRT strate­gi­cally shifted our usual Sat­ur­day Learn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence to Fri­day just for the sum­mer so we can have greater im­pact keep­ing them en­gaged and learn­ing.”

The day be­gan with wel­come re­marks from In­terim Di­rec­tor of Ad­mis­sions Robert John­son. As the Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars toured the WBSU Bull­dog Ra­dio sta­tion, new health sci­ences build­ing, stu­dent cen­ter, li­brary and per­form­ing arts cen­ter, they learned about ar­chi­tec­ture, bio­sciences, con­struc­tion, en­gi­neer­ing, film and me­dia.

They also met with mem­bers of Bowie’s Reserve Of­fi­cers’ Train­ing Corps, as well as Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Clyde Doughty, Jr. and sev­eral Bowie State Univer­sity coaches. Due to pop­u­lar de­mand, the Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars got to eat lunch at one of the cam­pus cafe­te­rias and ex­pe­ri­ence true col­lege life.

“A Gate­way of Op­por­tu­nity @ Bowie State Univer­sity” is just one of the many events as part of MBRT’s sum­mer pro­gram­ming for Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars.

“We in­vested nearly $50,000 and part­nered with or­ga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate new ac­tiv­i­ties and en­hance ex­ist­ing ones so that our fam­i­lies have a wide range of op­tions to choose from when plan­ning their sum­mer break,” Du­lay said.

Each of the five coun­ties de­vel­oped a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences based on stu­dents’ feed­back. In Caro­line County, Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars from Colonel Richard­son Mid­dle and High Schools, as well as Lock­er­man Mid­dle and North Caro­line High schools, can par­tic­i­pate in the Into The Woods With S.T.E.M. Camp at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum; a five­day drone camp with Global Air Me­dia; a Per­form­ing Arts Sum­mer Drama Pro­duc­tion with master thes­pian Keith Shaf­fer; and Caro­line’s Recre­ation and Parks Young Mu­si­cians Sum­mer Academy, Teen Lead­er­ship Academy, and Coun­selor-In-Train­ing pro­gram. In ad­di­tion, MBRT pur­chased PSAT books for ris­ing 10th-graders at North Caro­line and Colonel Richard­son High Schools to prac­tice with over the sum­mer.

In Kent County, Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars from Kent County Mid­dle and High schools can par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy camps at Kent County High School, in­clud­ing Wear­able Tech­nol­ogy, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Rasp­berry Pi, which teaches dif­fer­ent com­puter lan­guages. Stu­dents also can choose from the Hori­zon or Bytes Sum­mer Pro­gram at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege and Leader’s Club at Kent County Mid­dle School. For those in­ter­ested in wa­ter­re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, stu­dents are of­fered a Kayak Day Camp and Mid­dle School Sul­tana Camp at the Sul­tana Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion in Ch­ester­town as well as a Kayak Overnight Pro­gram that be­gins at Turner’s Creek Pub­lic Land­ing and ends at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. In ad­di­tion, MBRT pur­chased PSAT books for ris­ing 10th-graders at Kent County High School to prac­tice with over the sum­mer.

For more than 25 years, MBRT has been con­nect­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity with lo­cal schools through its Mary­land Schol­ars Speak­ers Bureau, and STEM Spe­cial­ists in the Class­room pro­grams.

In 2017, MBRT added the Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars pro­gram, which pro­vides fund­ing through the Howard P. Rawl­ings Mary­land Guar­an­teed Ac­cess Grant, ad­min­is­tered by the Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, to en­hance ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer aware­ness, as well as col­lege com­ple­tion for high school stu­dents with a demon­strated fi­nan­cial need. The Guar­an­teed Ac­cess Grant pro­vides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Mary­land col­lege or univer­sity for low­in­come fam­i­lies.

MBRT cur­rently serves more than 2,300 stu­dents in 12 mid­dle and high schools across five coun­ties. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is one of sev­eral that part­ner with lead­er­ship and school coun­selors at se­lect schools through­out the state to pro­vide grade-spe­cific ser­vices to en­sure that stu­dents el­i­gi­ble for Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars grad­u­ate ready for their next steps in col­lege, ca­reer and life.

Learn more about MBRT’s Next Gen­er­a­tion Schol­ars pro­gram at www.mbrt.org/ nextgen.

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