MHEC Secretary of Education Visits Westlake High School

LA PLATA, Md. (April 20, 2010)—Dr. James E. Lyons, secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), visited Westlake High School on Thursday, March 25, to talk to students about college opportunities, financial aid and the application process. His visit was coordinated as part of the school’s annual “College Week” event to promote higher education opportunities.

Students from Henry E. Lackey High School and General Smallwood Middle School were also invited to Westlake to hear Lyons speak about college opportunities. These schools were selected for their student participation in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system program. The AVID system is a college preparatory program designed to challenge students to take enrichment/honors and advanced placement (AP) courses.

During his visit, Lyons spoke about the importance of college preparation courses and understanding the application and financial aid processes. “There are so many opportunities available to you, including financial aid. I want you all to attend college so you can make a difference in the world,” he said.

Through AVID, students learn note-taking, organizational skills, time management, writing and critical thinking, and test taking skills. AVID is available to students as an elective, and is an option for students at Lackey, Smallwood and Westlake.

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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