STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Beverly Banks Mentors High School Students For College Courses At Lasell University

Below is an announcement from Lasell University:

NEWTON, MA — Beverly Banks, a Psychology major at Lasell University, was acknowledged as a mentor for local high school students taking dual-enrollment college-level courses in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Banks, a Wilmington local, partnered with high school students in school districts who might otherwise not easily access Advanced Placement or dual-enrollment courses to guide them in college-level studies and career exploration.

“The mentors were Lasell students majoring in that subject area, who supported the high school students with course content and shared information about further studies in that field,” says Professor Claudia Rinaldi. “The goal was to encourage more career and higher education exploration among the high school participants.”

The program, made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, was designed to offer high-level course access across various fields to underrepresented minorities in local partner high schools. Those schools are part of eight school districts involved in Lasell’s Pathways to Diversity program: Nantucket, Waltham, Lawrence, Andover, Marlborough, Milford, and the Lexington and Lincoln-Sudbury METCO programs.

More than 130 students in those school districts participated in biology, education, global studies, business, criminal justice, American Sign Language, psychology, and communications courses, all taught by Lasell faculty.

For more information contact: Samantha Mocle, assistant director of communications at smocle@lasell.edu or at 617-243-2386.

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