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October 14, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Schooling 5th graders on college: CWU adopts Western’s program

Nearly 300 fifth-graders from the Wapato School District will visit Central Washington University later this month, a new mentoring program modeled after one created at Western Washington University that was featured in Education Lab last year.

Like Western’s program, called Compass 2 Campus, the CWU program recruits college-age mentors who will volunteer in Wapato classrooms four hours a week, and encourage young children to finish high school and enroll in college.

Fifth-grade students examine seaweed from a sea-life exhibit while participating in Western Washington University's Compass 2 Campus program. Photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times 2013

Fifth-grade students examine seaweed from a sea-life exhibit while participating in Western Washington University’s Compass 2 Campus program. Photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times 2013

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