Rahway High School Students Have Chance To Gain Free Rutgers Credits

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by Maryjane Finne / Rahway High School

Rutgers Professor Jenevieve DeLosSantos teaches Rahway High School students Art History in the Rutgers REaCH Early College Program. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

Rutgers Professor Jenevieve DeLosSantos teaches Rahway High School students Art History in the Rutgers REaCH Early College Program. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — Through the sponsorship of RSI Bank (Rahway Savings Institution, Inc.) under the direction of President, David R. Taylor, and Vice President Donald Godfrey, Rahway High School began this school year with an Early College initiative. By partnering with Rutgers University to bring humanities professors to Rahway as part of the Rutgers Early College Humanities (REaCH) Program, the high school will provide students another opportunity to pursue excellence.

For students who successfully complete this Rutgers Humanities course, Rutgers will provide transcripts with three credits at no charge to the students. In addition, students will learn more about the rigor required for college work while still in the supportive high school environment. Professor Jenevieve DeLosSantos, who teaches the first module of the course, Art History, is a first-generation college graduate who graduated from a local high school and found the transition to college (Bucknell University) very challenging, but persisted to graduate with a nearly perfect 4.0 cumulative average (she had one A-). She is able to share her experiences and struggles and serve as a role model to students of academic success at the college and graduate school level.

Professor Martin Kempner, Director of the Rutgers REaCH program, answers a question from one of the 28 Rahway High School participants about the features of the program. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

Professor Martin Kempner, Director of the Rutgers REaCH program, answers a question from one of the 28 Rahway High School participants about the features of the program. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

Professor Martin Kempner, the Director of the REaCH Program, tells students the program will allow you to “ improve your writing, reading and analytical skills, strengthen your powers of self-expression, acquire valuable cultural knowledge, and importantly, gain an understanding of what will be expected of you in college, and the confidence that you will be able to handle college level work.”

Students have been chosen to participate based on recommendations of their high school teachers.

Rahway High School is delighted to have its students participate in REaCH and is grateful to both RSI Bank and Rutgers.


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