Radius40 partnered with Penn State Worthington Scranton’s (PSWS) Business Department to provide a student to student mentoring experience for approximately 30 high school students from Lackawanna Trail, Lakeland, Mid Valley, and Wallenpaupack Area High Schools Oct. 4 on the PSWS campus in Dunmore.
The S2S (student to student) Speed Mentoring Program, developed by Radius40, gives high school students the opportunity to gain information about college, majors, and career choices from college students who are close in age and were just recently in their shoes.
The students also heard from two speakers, Sean McAndrew, Financial Consultant with Ingargiola Wealth Management and a Penn State Smeal School of Business graduate and Radius40 Chairman, John Iona, a CEO with more than 30 years of business experience from Fortune 100 to emerging growth companies. Sandy Feather, Director of Enrollment Management at PSWS, gave the students a campus tour and admissions tips and information.
“The S2S Speed Mentoring event provided a unique opportunity for high school students to interact personally with college students,” said Wallenpaupack Area School District Career Coordinator, Colleen Edwards. “This informal interaction allowed the high school students to be more open and spontaneous in their discussions with the college mentors.”
Lackawanna Trail French Teacher and Student Council Advisor Denise Collins said, “When we left the students said they really learned a lot and loved being able to get advice from people currently going through the process. One student in particular was very excited because she is interested in Penn State Worthington so she really received some much appreciated inside information.”
PSWS Business Professor Bill Sciacca added, “I have been involved in many mentoring programs in my tenure as a higher education professional, but I must say that the S2S event I attended was, by and far, one of the best! It was well planned, professionally presented and was a true learning experience for the high school students, the college students, and, even the professors involved learned a trick or two! I would highly suggest that you run (not walk!) to Radius40 and get this process going in your high school or college! It is really THAT good!”
Radius40 is a group of NEPA area leaders intent on driving economic development, tourism, and inspiring and supporting students and entrepreneurs in the region.