Foundation for Pottstown Education Recognizes the Early College Program Class of 2020

Fifteen Pottstown High School seniors were recognized at the May 21, 2020 School Board meeting for successfully completing the Dual Enrollment, Early College Program.  These fourteen students were accepted in to the program in the fall of their junior year. 

The Foundation began this program in the fall of 2014 with 68 students completing the program which provides the funding covering the tuition for up to 30 credits at Montgomery County Community College West Campus.  Throughout the past six years the Foundation has provided more than $415,000 in tuition.

In his presentation to the school board, Foundation Executive Director, Joe Rusiewicz praised the students for their accomplishments over the past two academic years.  “The Class of 2020 earned more than 250 credits with an average grade point average of 3.48.”

“if these students took the same classes at their chosen colleges, they would have spent $379,620 as opposed to the tuition paid by the Foundation of $48.705 at MCCC.” Rusiewicz shared.

All fifteen of the students have been accepted into an institution of higher learning.  The 2020 Early College Program Class participants are:

Ka’Wanza Tori Barksdale Hodges who will attend MCCC majoring in Biomedical Life Sciences

Nayali Cruz enrolled at New York University studying Neuroscience

Daniel Darden attending Widener University for Psychology

Dereck Darden also attending Widener University and majoring in Pre-Athletic Training

Madison Friedman enrolling at Temple University to study Psychology

Emma Gawles has enrolled at Lycoming College studying Child and Adolescent Psychology

Andrew Green attending Temple University to study Political Sciences

Adriana Hayward will attend Gwynedd Mercy University to study Nursing

Paige Aaliyah Jones plans to attend Temple University for Early Education

Jorge Mundo will attend Alfred University majoring in Athletic Training

Crystal Riveria enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology to study Marine Biology

Megan Robie will attend Ursinus College and plans to study Biology

Tanner Price Scott enrolled at Dickinson College where he will major in Computer Science and Archeology

Winni Weng enrolled at Emory University and will major in Biochemistry/Health Administration

Destiny Williams enrolled at Howard University majoring in International Business

Rusiewicz also indicated that 100% of the previous students enrolled in the Early College Program have all enrolled in a college/university with the first two classes achieving their bachelor’s degree.  Sixteen current sophomores have been selected for the Cohort VIII class that will begin in the fall of 2020.

About FPE:   The mission of the Foundation for Pottstown Education is to raise funds for and support life-changing educational opportunities for the students and teachers in the Pottstown School District promoting the enhancement of our community.

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For further information contact:

Joe Rusiewicz

Executive Director

Foundation for Pottstown Education


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