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News Marlboro College Offers Classes for Area High School Students

MARLBORO, VT – (Dec 18, 2012) – For a second year, Marlboro College is welcoming high school students who are looking for a unique opportunity for academic challenge and enrichment. As part of Marlboro’s effort to reach out to the local community, motivated high school juniors and seniors (or home-school equivalent) are eligible to take a Marlboro class at no cost. 

“Taking a class at Marlboro College has given me the chance to experience what a class here feels like,” said Britte Cornish, a local teen who took Comparative Study of Religion last fall semester. “I got to experience the fabulous community of Marlboro College, make friends and be a part of an extraordinary learning experience.”  

Some of the classes suggested for promising high school students include Ceramics I, Introduction to Black & White Photography, Introduction to Ecological Sustainability, and a course titled Debating the American Dream. Students can discover a wealth of research techniques in Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities, or hone their skills in a writing seminar called Sense of Place in a Rapidly Changing World. From mathematics to religion, the options are as broad as the interests of students. 

“For many participants, despite years of being in school, a college class can be that first spark that really sets their intellectual growth on fire,” said Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs at Marlboro. “In addition to experiencing the teaching methods of inspired college faculty, students work alongside academically driven peers with a broad range of experience.”

Free classes are just one of the ways that Marlboro College has made its unique academic community and resources available for area teens in recent years. Other examples include summer programs—weeklong, hands-on explorations with college faculty members—and dual-credit courses offered through the Windham Regional Collegiate High School.   

Applications for free classes must be completed by Wednesday, January 16, for the spring term. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 23, and the semester goes until May 15.

Find more information about free classes at Marlboro, including application details and a list of suggested introductory courses for spring 2013 at: www.marlboro.edu/freeclass. For any further questions, contact Ariel Brooks, Marlboro College director of non-degree programs, at abrooks@marlboro.edu / 802-451-7118.

Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons in a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. With two locations in southern Vermont’s Green Mountains, our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our graduate school in Brattleboro, students discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others. Marlboro students engage in deep exploration of their interests in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.

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