‘Be Your Best’ graduates 23

AUSTIN, Minn. – It is graduation season. At least that is the case for students taking part in a college prep academy in our area. It has local high school students getting ready for what college has to throw at them.

It is the time in a student’s life when they are deciding what they want to do for a career.

“I want to be a business marketing major,” said Zuzet Carreon.

Soon-to-be high school senior, Carreon did not think much about that in the recent past.

“I thought it was just like, college. You go off and you leave your parents at home. It made me realize that it was much more than that. You can get connected with your teachers and stuff,” Carreon said.

Carreon has graduated from Riverland’s, “Be Your Best College Prep Academy” along with 22 others.

Students from as far as Albert Lea, Owatonna, Medford and Northfield honed in their math and English skills.

“The program, not only prepares students academically, but also socially. It gives them the maturity to come to college and be better prepared to succeed,” said Riverland Director of Retention and Student Success, Dani Heiny.

This year’s class adds to the growing list of nearly 200 students who have gone through the program in its eight-year history.

“It’s so important, because this is the next step on their journey to economic success, to their career success, to their personal success,” Heiny said.

It has helped students like, Carreon know what path they will be taking to get there.

“I’m thinking of going to Riverland for two years and getting my generals. Then I’m going to Winona, if I get accepted, hopefully,” Carreon said.

Of the 23 students in the program, ten of them have completed high school. All ten are choosing Riverland as the place they will continue their education this fall.

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