Destination College Provides Hope for Chandler Title I Elementary Students - AZEdNews
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Destination College Provides Hope for Chandler Title I Elementary Students


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  • Lisha Dunlap   |   Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Students At The Destination College Welcome Event Are Celebrated As They Exit The Buses, Photo By Lisha Dunlap

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyote Gym hosted a kickoff and Welcome Program for kids on Monday. There was a T-shirt cannon, and Winona Thirion, Interim Dean of Student Affairs provided the welcome from CGCC.

Destination College is a collaboration between Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeChandler Unified School District and the Chandler Education Foundation. Students from Chandler Unified School District Title I elementary schools attend 2 weeks of summer exposure to a college environment. 

Incoming 6th graders are bused to and from their elementary schools to the college. They spend four days a week participating in classes and experiences on campus, learning coding, robotics, and science.  

Many of the students are first-generation citizens and future first-generation college students. They may not be aware of the opportunities available in technology, or what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional.