Choosing whether or not to continue education after high school can be difficult. Only 18 percent of citizens living in Aroostook County attain a degree and stay in the County. April Flagg the newly hired Executive Director of the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative wants to change this statistic by motivating students and help them to get excited about their education. She says she has a lot to bring to the project.
“I’m looking to bring my excitement. I have a lot of energy. I have a lot of passion especially for education. I was a teacher for 15 years and I bring my experience in the classroom and my experience in the school district to this initiative. Mostly I think I bring my love of children and my reverence for education,” says Flagg.
Flagg has lived in the County her whole life, and has never seen a program like this.
“This program is about engaging students when they go to college, so that we can make sure they are successful and that they obtain that degree. The thing that I am most passionate about is the students of Aroostook County.”
The Aroostook Aspirations Initiative will also offer internships and entrepreneurial training. The internship opportunities will be with county businesses.