The staff and students of PHASE 4 Learning Center in the Harrisburg Mall recently took a field trip to visit Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, where they toured the campus, visited classrooms, the library, and dorms, and ate in the cafe.
Julian Dorsey, Site Director of PHASE 4 Harrisburg reports that the purpose of this trip – as well as an earlier trip to HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College – is to stimulate the students’ desire to achieve in school. “Many of the students talk about going to college but most of them have never set foot on a college campus. We like to involve our students in ‘experiential learning’ activities to hopefully give them something tangible to work towards. Without this opportunity most of them wouldn’t have the resources to visit even the local colleges.”
One student said, “I am really thinking about going to college now that I have been to see some schools.”
Because the Elizabethtown College campus is about 20 miles southeast of Harrisburg, the field trip also gave the students the chance to ride the train for the first time, providing an additional experiential learning opportunity.