BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Housatonic Community College faculty and staff tutors are bringing the message of life transformation and personal development to the streets next week at the Trumbull Gardens' College Fair.
The group was invited and will be the featured guests and sponsors of “Education: Why We Need It” and Trumbull Gardens’ College Fair on Tuesday, July 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Trumbull Gardens Community Center, 715 Trumbull Ave., Bridgeport. The event is free and open to the public.
Trumbull Gardens is familiar territory for HCC faculty and staff. That’s because since October 2016, volunteers from the college representing departments from Admissions, and Academic Support, to Library, Information Technology, and Science have been consistently volunteering three days a week to provide tutoring to 15 eager students.
"While some people commonly think an event such as this is only for high school students, it’s extremely important that parents are involved as well," said HCC Assistant Professor of Biology/Molecular Biology Robin Avant.
"Education is a lifelong process simply because the world is constantly changing. To keep up, parents need to continue to update their knowledge and skills. That way, they’re better prepared to help their children with homework, or support them in finding helpful resources. It’s about personal and community development. It begins with the individual and can have widespread positive effects.”
For Avant, this isn’t merely an academic discussion. She lives in and grew up in Bridgeport, and knows the benefits of having a solid academic foundation as a stepping stone for career advancement and personal success.
Avant is also HCC’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Coordinator, and a graduate of Housatonic Community College as well as Central Connecticut State University. Following graduation, she had a six-year stint as a Manufacturing Associate at 454 Life Sciences, before returning to her alma mater to assist others in starting and continuing their educational journeys.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or how long it’s been since you’ve taken a class. Housatonic can get you where you want to go” said Earl Graham, HCC Admissions Director, Trumbull Gardens tutor and program visionary. “By working together, we can come up with a plan that fits you and what you want to do. If you have the desire and are willing to work toward your goals, HCC’s environment allows you to succeed. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.”
Graham is flanked by a dedicated corps of colleague-tutors with deep roots in the community. Avant, Kofi Adomako-Ayisi, Anna Cruz, James Curry, Peter Everett, Andrew Pelletier, Michael Tapper, and Terry Walden use their skills while giving students the help they need to improve learning and get better grades.
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