Building Capacity to Collectively Prepare Students for College and Careers


Breakout Sessions 3

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

  • Standard SessionRoom 101
    • North American Indigenous Summer Enrichment Camp Designed to Incorporate Academia and Culture
    • Colleen Green, Central Michigan University
    • The presenter will provide an overview of a summer camp which encourages Native students to attend college by showing them how they can bring their culture with them through the camp and while on campus. The presentation will discuss how to collaborate across campus and within the Native community to bring this camp together.

  • Discussion SessionHeritage Room
    • Engaging Students in STEM Areas and Preparing Them for the Rigor of STEM Curricula
    • Nagash Clarke, Washtenaw Community College; Judy Cordes, Michigan State University; Kyle Foster, Michigan State University; Steven St. Pierre, Washtenaw Community College
    • Results of a two-week, pre-college STEM initiative (pCSi) program at Washtenaw Community College will be discussed. Many students test into remedial classes unnecessarily. This can lead to attrition during the first year. Students entering college from high school will be exposed to STEM areas, while at the same time receiving enrichment classes in writing and math. Students will also be oriented toward college success. It was found during the pilot program that many students improved writing, math and reading scores in one week. College level writing and reading are essential to success in STEM classes. Increasing the number of students pursuing careers in engineering is crucial to the future of Michigan and the United States. So why are so few students, especially women and underrepresented students, choosing this career? In this session, we will highlight what is being done in the MSU College of Engineering to introduce K-12 students to engineering and get them excited about its opportunities. Resources for K-12 settings will also be available.

  • Discussion SessionRoom 103
    • Overcoming Barriers to Academic Achievement and College Access for Low-income Students in Michigan
    • Dilip Das, University of Michigan
    • The presenter will give an overview of both barriers and best practices in access to higher education for low-income students. Attendees will be asked to consider questions such as: How do existing federal/state policies impact pathways and access to higher education for low-income students? What can K-12 schools do to promote higher education for these populations and what role can institutions of higher education play in this regard?

    • Presentation file (PDF, 678KB)
  • Discussion SessionRoom 104
    • Designing and Implementing Participatory Research with High School and College Partners
    • Tama Hamilton-Wray, Michigan State University
    • The presenter will give an overview of the research project design and implementation that involves partnering college and high school students. Attendees will be asked to consider: How can community be built between research partners to enhance the participatory research process? What are the ethical considerations when engaging in participatory research with adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds? How can this participatory research lend itself to promoting college access?

  • Standard SessionRoom 105
    • Leveraging College Students to Promote College Access in Your Community
    • Shannon Zoet, Michigan Campus Compact; Christie Schichtel, Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps
    • The presenters will introduce College Positive Volunteerism (CPV) and how to train college students to impact college enthusiasm and readiness of K-12 youth they interact with as they volunteer in local communities. This session will present the CPV toolkit and provide examples of how CPV can be used to increase the college enrollment and success for all students, especially underrepresented students, by providing them with support, information, and resources.

    • Presentation file (PDF, 900KB)
  • Standard SessionRoom 106
    • Youth Development Ages and Stages: Programming to Meet the Developmental Needs of Youth
    • Judy Ratkos, Michigan State University
    • As you work with young people, it's important to keep in mind the many changes they're going through—physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Learn about the developmental stages of youth and how to adapt your programming to provide experiences for young people that maximize their learning and address healthy development. Gain insight into providing a learning environment that helps your audience master their developmental stage.

    • Presentation files (ZIP, 3MB)
  • Standard SessionRoom 62
    • Experiential Learning: Creating Experiences for Youth Where They Can Discover Their Own Learning
    • Jodi Schulz, Michigan State University; Kendra Moyses, Michigan State University
    • The presenters will introduce the Experiential Learning Model. This "learn by doing" model helps youth reflect upon and apply the life skills that they uncover while participating in pre-college programs. Attendees will explore the concepts of experiential learning, as well as how to develop and implement activities that incorporate this approach. Discover how to enhance learning, growth and development in your program by using the experiential learning model!

  • Standard SessionMichigamme Room
    • Assisting Students through the Maze of Preparing for College and Successfully Attaining a Postsecondary Credential
    • Eileen Curtis, Bay Area Community Foundation; Renee Courier, Bay Area Community Foundation
    • The presenters will provide an overview of changing a community's culture to one which encourages postsecondary education. The session will focus on a discussion of the following: How does one change the culture of a community to reflect today's economic realities? What programs/efforts are particularly effective in this regard? How do different age groups respond to these efforts? What elements of college preparation should be focused on (enrollment, retention, attainment, etc.)?

  • Standard SessionWilly Room
    • Creating College Readiness: How to Make It Happen!
    • Kristine Grunwald, Lansing Community College; Kathy Humphrey, Ingham Intermediate School District
    • This session presents a diverse class of 11th graders in The Early College at Lansing Community College, highlighting program evaluation data, including college readiness and college course completion rates. The program uses four domains of college readiness and includes keys to successful transitions: tightly crafted Success Skills Curriculum; summer bridge program; and a work-based learning semester to target career paths and align college coursework. Participants will reflect on aspects of the program that can be applied in all high school settings.

    • Presentation file (PDF, 1.8MB)

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