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BY ROCHELLE A. SHENK, Correspondent
Manheim Central High School students will continue to have access to a college adviser next year after the board agreed April 22 to pay $22,500 to Franklin & Marshall College to provide the service.
Jeff Hughes, high school principal, said students have had access to a post-secondary adviser since 2008. The adviser has been provided by F&M on behalf of the National College Advising Corps- Keystone Region. Previous funding came from a federal grant, which has ended.
"This program doesn't just benefit college-bound students. In 2008, 50 percent of our graduating class went on to post-secondary education; 75 percent of the graduating Class of 2012 has gone on to post-secondary education," Hughes said.
He said the adviser meets with students who are considering colleges and universities, community colleges and technical schools. The adviser helps seniors work through the application process and assists with financial aid forms. Assistance also is provided to juniors to help them define post-secondary plans and to sophomores to provide information on post-secondary options.
School board member Holly Holsinger asked why the service is not provided by the school's guidance counselors.
Hughes said the high school's three guidance counselors meet with each of the nearly 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12.
He said, "They do a great job.
"The college adviser is more of a specialist. She has in-depth knowledge of the application process and works with students on the essays (that are part of the application process)," he said.
Nathan Wertsch, business manager and acting superintendent, said the funding for the program could be found in the budget.