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College program helps at-risk students graduate

Pittsford, N.Y. -- St. John Fisher College received a grant to continue its ongoing partnership with the Rochester Early College International High School. 

Bank of America presented a check for $7,500 to be used for the College Club Program, an after-school college readiness initiative that will serve up to 45 low-income, at-risk teens.  The program will be available to students in 9th - 12th grade. 

The goal is to make high school graduation and college a reality for students who are at risk of dropping out of school. 

 "Our College Club program provides students with opportunities to envision a college education for themselves and provides practical assistance in the admissions, financial aid, academic, and social aspects of college readiness through after-school events and on-campus visitations. The program also provides a positive college presence within the high school," said Dr. Michael Wischnowski

High school students will be mentored by St. John Fisher students and have the opportunity to visit the campus to attend sessions on preparing for college. 

  In addition, they will learn how to fill out financial aid forms, write college essays and interview.

For more information about the St. John Fisher College Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, visit

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