Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update First

Center for Educational Outreach awarded grant for college awareness/service-learning program

The Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) has been awarded a “Service for Access” grant from the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) to pilot the newly created U-M College Corps program.

The 2009-2010 academic year grant recipients were announced at the recent Governor’s Education Summit. Grants were awarded to support pilot partnerships between college student service or engagement offices, and campus departments supporting access to higher education.

The $10,000 MCC grant awarded to the CEO will support the newly created U-M College Corps Program. The College Corps is a partnership between CEO and Project Community. Students enrolled in a service-learning course through Project Community (Soc. 389) will be College Corps members who will participate in an academic enrichment and college awareness project at Inkster High School.

Through the service-learning course, College Corps members will receive training on working effectively with youth in an educational setting. College Corps members will be trained to be “college positive” — serving as more than just role models and educators, but as a bridge for young people on the path to college.

“We were pleased to be one of six grant recipients in the state for this new initiative that will provide a meaningful experience for U-M students and make a difference in the lives of high school students in an underserved community” says Amy Prevo, assistant director of CEO and who developed College Corps.

College Corps members will support Inkster High School students academically by providing tutoring and academic advising/mentoring services. They also will present a comprehensive college awareness curriculum including but not limited to personal and academic goal setting, career exploration, college terminology, searching for colleges, the college application process, financial aid and scholarship resources, and following college preparation timelines.

“This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen U-M’s partnership with Inkster public schools and expose high school students to the opportunities made available to them through higher education,” says Nick Collins, executive director of CEO. “College Corps also affords our U-M students a tremendous service-learning experience. It is a win-win situation.”

For more information about the CEO, go to www.ceo.umich.edu.