Nearly 100 Workforce Advantage Academy students, interested in attending college, participated in field trips to Valencia College, where they toured the West Campus of the state school and learned more about admission procedures and scholarship opportunities, and to the University of Central Florida. Academy founder Ken Hartsaw encouraged students en route to the morning event to listen up and gather as much information about making a decision as possible.
“It was big,” senior Markeia Grays said about the college. “It was good to see the different buildings and changed my mind a lot. It was not how I expected it to be.”
Senior Dereka Scott also found the academy-sponsored field trip valuable in that it allowed her to see the different buildings and learn how to apply for the Bridges to Success scholarship program.
Grays also is interested in Valencia’s Bridges to Success program, which provides a scholarship for tuition, books and other supplies for two years.
“I want to go out of state to college, and this way I could get two years free,” said Grays, who works at Universal Orlando and is saving for college. She wants to major in biology or business, with aspirations to become either a pediatrician or a child development provider.