THE ISSUE: Summer RISE helps youths with post-secondary planning.

OUR OPINION: Program benefits students, parents.

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Two weeks ago, 75 soon-to-be high school seniors made a commitment to their future educational paths, sacrificing two days of their summer vacation by participating in Summer RISE, a program designed to provide the county’s youths with Resources, Information, Support and Entry into post-secondary learning.

Buoyed by the motivation of $500 scholarships offered to class of 2022 attendees, the Citrus County Coalition for College and Careers (CCCCC) sponsored-event provided insight for post high school plans, a presentation and tour of the College of Central Florida and FASFA assistance. The second day included creating a résumé, writing a college essay, how to maximize your guidance office and mock interviews.

For those who’ve taken post-secondary routes, whether it be junior colleges, four-year universities, technical schools, the military or the workforce, the path can be cumbersome if you’re unsure of the processes for applying as well as securing scholarships, federal grants, loans or jobs.

CCCCC recognizes the need and we applaud the organization for its collaborative efforts to partner with retired educators, civic and business leaders, who volunteered their time, to provide skills that will help them throughout life.

While the Summer RISE program is over, students and parents need to be aware the CCCCC is a vital resource year-round to assist students, and parents, with the knowledge and know-now to navigate the options they have.

We encourage community leaders to support those efforts, and we encourage students and their families to reach out to find out what resources are available. For additional post-graduate resources, visit