Carney helps students during College Application Week

MILFORD — College applications can be difficult to complete for even the most advantageous student. But some Milford Senior High School had some help for the process this week from none other than Delaware’s own Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting.

The pair visited Milford Wednesday afternoon during the school’s College Application Week while touring selected schools in Delaware. A small group of Milford students were chosen to participate in the visit and waited patiently for their guests from inside the school library where they were actively filling out college or scholarship applications.

Governor Carney and Secretary Bunting spent their half hour with individual students, learning about their future goals and time at Milford Senior High School. They also talked to students about the SEED and Inspire programs which offer Delawareans free college for the first two years at Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University and University of Delaware.

“I was surprised by how many students had heard of the SEED and Inspire programs,” Gov. Carney said. “Usually, only about a third of students we encounter have heard of these programs. But here, everyone I talked to knew of them.”

Gov. Carney’s comments might not surprise leadership within the Milford School District, however.

“At Milford High School, our goal is to provide opportunities for all students to attend post-secondary education, whether this be in 2 or 4-year college programs or technical training programs.  We are dedicated to providing students options as they pursue their post-secondary goals and College Application Week is a great example of how our staff support this goal,” Principal Shawn Snyder said.

According to school officials, College Application Week is a part of the statewide College Application Month for the Delaware Goes to College Initiative which runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 17. The hope is to increase the college enrollment rate in Delaware to 60 percent by 2018 by focusing on college access and success, college affordability, higher education partnerships and communications.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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