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Blinn partners with Bryan ISD to advise high school seniors

High school seniors get a feel for collegiate life without leaving campus

January 29, 2014

Academic Advisor Edith Pequeno Blinn College academic advisors are easing high school seniors’ pre-college jitters with personal advising sessions at two Bryan Independent School District campuses.

Advisors began visiting Bryan and Rudder high schools this month and will continue advising students three days per week through the end of the school year. Blinn Advising and Counseling Services has partnered with Bryan ISD’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally-funded program designed to increase high school graduation and post-secondary education for close to 1,000 students slated to graduate this year.

Students who have applied or already been accepted to the College can simply request an appointment with the visiting Blinn advisor.

“We want to get the seniors familiar with the College and the educational opportunities available beyond high school,” said Sophia Polk, Blinn’s Advising and Counseling director. “We’re excited about the opportunity to help these students and looking forward to making regular visits in the future.”

GEAR UP Coordinator Lourdes Gorzycki said college-bound high school students, especially first-generation students, are often unclear on how to navigate the admissions process.

“This partnership ended up being a mutual joy for both Bryan ISD and Blinn,” Gorzycki said. “It’s going to provide a great resource for our students.”

Polk said high school seniors interested in enrolling for Fall 2014 should now be submitting their college applications, test scores, bacterial meningitis vaccination form and requesting an incomplete high school transcript.

Blinn Academic Advisor Edith Pequeno said high school seniors were grateful for the advising sessions.

“It was a great experience for me and for the students,” she said. “I’m ready to do this more often.

It helps to get them excited about college. Just our presence meant a lot to the students.”

Polk said arrangements are being made for advisors to visit the Mary Catherine Harris School, which allows students to complete high school in a non-traditional environment.

Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.