CollegeConnect helps students in our community who would be the first in their family to seek higher education. We provide no cost college counseling services and help students and families consider all options for a path to college and/or other higher education alternatives. We also offer support in seeking financial aid and scholarships and in communicating with family members about the benefits of education after high school.
Thank You Metta
Metta Callahan, our friend, neighbor, and guiding light in our community, was, for many years, a volunteer Family Advocate with CultureConnect (previously, Young Rhinebeck.) She did Spanish-English translations with families to facilitate communication between parents and teachers, to help them better navigate the school process. She had a tremendous impact on these families and on the entire Latino community in Rhinebeck, before her untimely death, in April of 2016.
Metta shared her vision, with her sister Susanne and the board of CultureConnect, to expand our Family Advocacy program and help first generation, college bound, high school students with college exploration, application and admissions processes. This is especially important for families who have a child who is interested in attending college but uncertain where to begin. While this can be difficult for any student, the transition from high school to college is especially challenging for first or second generation Americans. We are honoring Metta and her vision by creating CollegeConnect to offer support for English language learners and their families and help students interested in higher education get there.
The CollegeConnect Program Advisory Board includes dedicated members of our community who share Metta's vision: Co-Chairs Lisa Reticker and CultureConnect board member Isabelle Burkhart, Susanne Callahan, Kiki Steele, and board members Deirdre Burns and Christine Welker.