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Seventh graders take journey to learn about college and careers

"What do I want to be when I grow up?" "What is college really like?"  Those are some of the questions that students asked during the 4th annual event at Castleton State College entitled; "Your Journey Starts Here."

Approximately 400 seventh graders from 8 middle schools throughout Rutland County attended the event Tuesday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"Your Journey Starts Here" is a collaborative effort between the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, and participating schools including Mill River Union Middle School, Rutland Town, Proctor, Benson Village School, Orwell, Castleton Village School, Fair Haven Grade School, and Otter Valley.

The goal of "Your Journey Starts Here" is to help seventh grade students start thinking about the college and career planning process, to reaffirm that continuing education beyond high school is a real possibility, let them know about their educational options, and assist them in making sound decisions about their high school courses and experiences.

The day included a number of group and experiential activities led by Castleton State College students. In addition, the students also took tours of the campus.

Castleton Football Coach, Marc Klatt, made the welcoming remarks. The Keynote Speaker was Lt. Charles Cacciatore, with the Vermont State Police. Later in the day the students heard from Stafford Technical Center Alumni Anthony Edwards and Melissa Rixon about their college and career pathways.

For more info contact Peg Bolgioni, Stafford Technical Center Outreach Coordinator at or (802) 770-1275.