The University Record, July 10, 1995

Nearly 2,000 expected to participate in pre-college programs

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

Nearly 2,000 students from Michigan high schools and junior high schools will come here this month to take part in summer pre-college programs designed to spur interest in attending college.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the programs include the King/Chavez/Parks (K/C/P) Career Exploration Program, Wade H. McCree Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program, High School Journalism Workshop for Minorities and For the Seventh Generation (formerly the Michigan Indian Youth Retreat).

"These programs are windows into the future for students wanting to prepare for the future," says Onis Cheat-hams, interim pre-college programs coordinator. "They introduce students to various aspects of college life, provide insight into the many options that a college education offers, and help demystify the notion that college is not for people who have a particular background or come from a particular area."

• The K/C/P Career Exploration Program, held July 9-Aug. 3, provides opportunities for high school sophomores and juniors to examine college and career options through campus workshops, lab demonstrations, tours and multicultural awareness activities.

• For the Seventh Generation, July 9-14, allows Native American students in grades 9-12 to learn more about higher education by spending time with U-M students who introduce them to college life.

• The High School Journalism Workshop for Minorities, held on campus July 16-21, provides students with practical training in news gathering, writing and editing. Students also spend a week at Wayne State University and complete a four-week internship at the Detroit Free Press.

• The Wade H. McCree Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program's Summer Initiative, July 23-Aug. 5, selects students from Detroit-area high schools to take part in a three-week academic program on campus.

Other K/C/P programs held at other times throughout the year include the Spring Visitation Program, in which middle school students in southeast Michigan come to campus to explore college and career options; College Connection Correspondence Program, aimed at students who previously attended Spring Visitation; Project Lighthouse, a college and career exploration program for Hmong American middle school students in the Detroit area; and Detroit Compact Program, a partnership formed with Detroit Mackenzie High School to help prepare students for academic and occupational success.

For more information on the pre-college programs, call OAMI 936-1055.