Compass 2 Campus program brings hundreds of fifth graders to WWU

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Hundreds of Western Washington University students have become mentors to fifth-graders this fall in a proactive effort to get more kids to see themselves as college-bound. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, those fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties visited Western’s campus to see firsthand what a university campus is like.

Modeled after a successful program in Wisconsin, Compass 2 Campus aims to get more kids thinking early about college with the help of mentors and role models to show them the importance of higher education.

“Research tells us mentorship is the key,” said Cyndie Shepard, volunteer director of the program. “Kids who are mentored or who have a significant adult in their lives have a better chance of success.”

For more information, check out the Compass 2 Campus Web site at

Photos by Rachel Bayne for WWU