NBC No Better Community
to Prepare Students for Higher Education
NBC: No Better Community was the idea, development and project of Ashley Barton, a candidate for her Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership at Shippensburg University. The project’s overall goal was to explore and evaluate the matriculation of students in a rural school to higher education, specifically the four-year college degree. In doing so, it was hoped that additional resources could be created to help educate and motivate students to pursue higher education.In the course of this project, three phases took place. Northern Bedford County High school alumni from within the past 10 years were interviewed about their high school, college and career experiences. The interviews were taped and as a result, Virtual Mentor DVDs were created. Additionally, a power point with advice from the participating alumni was also created. The current grade nine students in the Career Planning course were surveyed to identify their post-secondary and career plans. A field trip was also planned for May 2011 to take students on a tour of post-secondary schools in the western part of Pennsylvania. Students had an opportunity to visit the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, and the California University of Pennsylvania. Thirty-five students in grades nine and eleven participated in the field trip. The trip was funded in part by the Northern Bedford County Education Foundation.Ashley completed this project as part of her 2011 spring semester internship under the direction of Dr. Barbara Denison at Shippensburg University and Teresa Crawford, school counselor at Northern Bedford County High School.During her internship, Ashley was also employed by Widener University School of Law in the Office of Alumni Relations & Development. Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts with magna cum laude honors from Shippensburg University in 2006 and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Millersville University in 2011. She is also a graduate of Northern Bedford County High School, Class of 2002.
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