Vassar College’s mission of providing an education to lead a meaningful life does not stop with our students. Vassar engages with the community to instill the love of learning at the elementary and secondary school level. In particular, we have several programs connected to the City of Poughkeepsie public schools. The three programs under the Vassar Education Collaboration (VEC) have been connecting college students to local students for many years. Similarly, the Exploring Science Program at the Vassar Farm and the Vassar Science Scholars Program have started based upon the interest of a faculty member and have sustained themselves over many years. Hundreds of Vassar college students and Poughkeepsie school students have formed friendships through these programs.