College in Middle School? AVID Prepares Students for Success

Posted by on February 28, 2013

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Ann Deiman-Thornton working with students

The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus, an AVID for Higher Education campus, has been collaborating with AVID elementary and secondary schools throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to hosting Northeast Middle School on campus in December (see the story here), Ann Deiman-Thornton, dean of faculty, and Michelle Rivard, AVID liaison, recently spent the day with AVID 7th and 8th graders at Woodbury Middle School.

On Friday, Feb. 15, Deiman-Thornton and Rivard spoke to Shelly Fessler’s four AVID classes about how AVID is preparing them for success in college and beyond. They also shared their own educational journeys with students, talked about the programs at Minnesota School of Business, and explained how a career college differs from a liberal arts college.

Students asked excellent questions including the following:

  • “Do your students who have jobs and families get to do less homework than other students?”
  • “Do you have dorms at your school?”
  • “Does it cost a lot to go to college?”
  • Perhaps the best question was, “Do you REALLY use algebra in your jobs?”
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Michelle Rivard and students at Woodbury Middle School

The AVID students also worked together in small groups on an activity that emphasized the importance of WICOR skills (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) in their education and future careers. The Woodbury Middle School 7th and 8th graders were engaged, respectful, inquisitive, energetic, and genuinely interested in learning more about college and Minnesota School of Business.

According to the AVID website, AVID impacts more than 700,000 students in more than 4,900 schools and 28 post-secondary institutions in 46 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 other countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through higher education. Policymakers and school administrators now consider AVID an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap and making the college dream accessible to all students.

Minnesota School of Business is honored to be an AVID school.


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