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After morning spent learning more about Feather River College, Plumas County ninth-graders enjoy games on the green May 24. Photo submitted

First ‘Navigation Day’ at FRC a success for local ninth-graders

The first ever Navigation Day was held at Feather River College today May 24.  This day was designed to help set students’ sights on college after graduating high school and offered a glimpse into what a collegiate atmosphere is like.

Ninth-graders from nearby high schools including Quincy, Portola, Chester, Loyalton, and Plumas Charter, attended the event. Students were able to tour the beautiful campus, attend a resource fair that highlighted the student support offered at FRC, and experienced some true hands-on learning.

Students chose sessions to attend from a variety of engaging programs at the college, such as exploring the native trees through Environmental Sciences, examining fish at the Fish Hatchery, learning ranch skills through Agriculture & Equine programs, real-life nursing demonstrations through Allied Health, and a creative drawing exercise hosted by the Studio Arts program. Students ended the day by being treated to a lunch and some games on the green.

Nick Maffei, director of Marketing, Communications, and Outreach at FRC, said that he could not be happier with how the festivities panned out for this first ever event. He went on to say, “It is so important to demonstrate how accessible college is for our local students by having an institution like Feather River College right here in our backyard. The hope is that students really start to consider attending FRC while in high school through co- or dual-enrollment programs, so they have a head start on college once they graduate high school. We are here to help kids discover their passion, which hopefully leads to fulfilling careers in-and-around Plumas County.”

It would appear this event is here to stay and that next year’s Navigation Day would be even bigger and better. All told, there were about 160 high school students in attendance.

For more information on the event, you can visit frc.edu/navigationday.

Ninth-graders participate in activities hosted by the agriculture and equine program. Photo submitted

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