Rockford high school students spend week at NIU
DeKALB - Sixty students from Rockford's Jefferson High School will spend this week on the Northern Illinois University campus for a close-up look at where college degrees could take them.
Camp organizers hope the students will leave understanding the personal changes and hard work required to enroll in college.
Thirty sophomores and 30 juniors who are not necessarily college-bound are taking part in the second “summer institute,” paid for partly by Project REAL, NIU's federally funded partnership with the Rockford Public Schools and Rock Valley College.
Last year's debut of the camp proved popular, leading the participants (who are now the returning juniors) to form an NIU Club at Jefferson in the fall and to raise money to attend a