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Speed Mentoring Event Held at Cooper High School

Speed Mentoring is similar in design to speed dating, but students have the opportunity to learn from mentors.
Speed Mentoring has the same, fast paced shuffle that speed dating does, but instead of meeting possible dates, students are given advice on their future. Students are paired up together and then spend about four minutes with each mentor. During that time, students ask questions reagarding the mentor's professtion and what steps they took to get their career.
 
Speed Mentoring has gained in popularity over the past few months according to C.O.O.L. college advisor, LaQuiera Gantt. She believes that it is a good way to give students connections as well as help them them practice their communication skills.

The Abilene Education Foundation's C.O.O.L. (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program is aimed at students that are underserved or that may be the first generation in their family to attend college. The program helps students out with standardized testing information, college visits, and several other resources that benefit juniors and seniors planning for college.

Although only around twenty students had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday's event, the C.O.O.L. program touches the lives of over 500 students each year.
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