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Ninth-graders from across Plumas County gather for Navigation Day at Feather River College. Photo submitted

Ninth-grade students attend Navigation Day at FRC

The second annual Navigation Day at Feather River College was another huge hit and local students enjoyed a beautiful day on the FRC campus. Local Plumas and Sierra county ninth-graders were left inspired, as Navigation Day is designed to help set students’ sights on college after graduating high school. This year’s event offered a glimpse into what a collegiate atmosphere is like, and because it is held at Feather River College, you can count on a bunch of unique hands-on learning experiences!

In attendance were ninth-graders from nearby high schools, which included Quincy, Portola, Chester, Loyalton and Plumas Charter. All students were able to take a tour of the beautiful campus, attend a College 101 session to help prepare them for what to expect from college, and were able to experience some true hands-on learning at its finest.

Local 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 though 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 at the Perch and were treated to a lunch and some games at the green on the upper campus. Overall, it was a great experience for local high school freshmen.

Nick Maffei, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Outreach at FRC, expressed his happiness with how the day went and was excited to continue this event into a second year. Nick went on to say that, “Demonstrating how accessible college is for our local students by having an institution like Feather River College right here in our own backyard is so important. Our hope as an institution 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.”

All told, there were about 160 high school students in attendance and everyone left enthused, and hopefully, starting to think about their next educational step at college. For more information on the event, you can visit frc.edu/navigationday.

The FRC fish hatchery is always a draw for students. Photo submitted
Students get a glimpse into what a class in the equine program would include. Photo submitted
Students participate in a hands-on CPR class during Navigation Day. Photo submitted

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