Last month, Moraine Valley Community College hosted over 100 students involved in the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Friends of the Forest Preserve program, which offers a summer program to expose young HACC residents to new experiences.

Moraine Valley forged a partnership with HACC just before the pandemic that mostly involved virtual information sessions. The Friends of the Forest Preserve program extended that to include visiting the college campus.

Students from the Cook County Housing Authority's Forest Preserve Program came to campus to learn about college options.

The group of 120 high school and some college students came to campus July 19 or 27. They were welcomed by Andy Sarata, Moraine Valley director of Admissions and Recruitment, before having a brief presentation about college prep and admission, and the importance of making goals by Dr. DeWitt Scott, Moraine Valley student support specialist. They also went on a campus tour.

“I was excited to see potential students from the group on our campus learning about preparing for college and beyond. It was great having them tour our beautiful campus and learn about our programs,” Sarata said. “My hope is they realize all Moraine Valley has to offer and make us their choice for college. We want to continue this partnership with HACC and the Friends of the Forest Preserve so future students will be able to have the same engaging experience.”

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