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AVID Program Students Visit NDSU Campus

West Fargo Cheney Middle School Eighth Graders pose with their advisors on NDSU campus


NDSU Teacher Candidate visits over lunch with AVID participants

Forty-eight West Fargo Cheney Middle School eighth graders spent Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1, 2012 on the NDSU campus attending class and having lunch as part of their AVID program participation.  Participants were greeted by several of the NDSU teacher education program candidates working as AVID tutors.  The eighth grade students were brought to NDSU through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, an academic support system to help prepare students for college.  In 2010-2011, 91 percent of more than 27,000 AVID program seniors throughout the United States planned to pursue post-secondary education.

Jerry Standifer, director of the AVID program in West Fargo Schools shared that "the purpose of this day is to allow students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the rigor, expectations and daily interactions of a college experience."  Stacy Duffield, associate professor and director of teacher education at NDSU believes the college visit days are a great way for current teacher education candidates and the middle school students to interact with each other, giving the teacher candidates invaluable experience and career preparation.  Approximately 27 NDSU teacher education candidates are serving as AVID tutors for the 2012-13 school year.  West Fargo Public Schools has the only AVID program in North Dakota.

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