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Two college transition programs receive Great Lakes grants

June 25, 2013

Two University of Wisconsin-Stout summer programs that help prepare students to become teachers have received grants.

The TEACH Precollege program received $29,247 while the Early Bridge Future Educator Learning Community received $9,819.

A total of 34 university and college programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota received College Ready grants from Great Lakes Higher Education, a nonprofit student loan servicer based in Madison.

TEACH Precollege participants work on a science project in Galloway Creek near UW-Stout."When students from traditionally underserved backgrounds get specialized academic help on their path to college, studies show they are more likely to succeed once they get there," Great Lakes said in a news release announcing the grants.

TEACH Precollege

TEACH Precollege will be held July 27 through Aug. 10. High school students from Wisconsin and Minnesota who are interested in becoming teachers take classes in education, English and math; work on projects; and do group activities while staying on campus.

The program targets potential first-generation college students and diverse student populations but is open to anyone. Students must apply, and the number of participants is limited.

Dang Yang"The number of TEACH Precollege students going to college has shown that this program has been very successful in helping to prepare them," said Dang Yang, program director and a multicultural recruitment and retention coordinator in the School of Education.

The program's goals are teacher career exploration, academic enrichment and leadership development, Yang said.

According to program pre- and post-test results last summer, students showed an average improvement of 23 percent in writing, 12 percent in leadership development and 100 percent in math.

TEACH Precollege was funded in 2009 and 2010 by the UW-Stout Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Services and the School of Education. In 2011 and 2012 it was funded with a UW System Closing the Achievement Gap grant.

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Early Bridge Future Educator Learning Community

The Early Bridge Future Educator Learning Community is a collaborative effort between ASPIRE-Student Support Services, a federally funded TRiO program, and the School of Education.

During the two-week period students will be involved with college transition programming that includes a writing workshop, leadership development and building community with a cohort of students pursuing a degree in education.

Sharon FranklinThe goal of the program is to prepare underrepresented rising freshmen for the rigors of college level writing, acclimate to the college environment and develop a community of peers. Students also will take a general psychology course during the semester to further facilitate a learning community experience.

"The goal of Student Support Services is to build relationships with our new freshmen and provide academic and personal support," said Sharon Franklin, director of UW-Stout ASPIRE.

"As challenges arise we are here to help students access the most appropriate services, feel a sense of community and have a home base of support. We are delighted to partner with the School of Education to provide this 'early bridge' opportunity for future educators.

"Overall, ASPIRE-Student Support Services annually serves more than 400 first-generation, income eligible and-or students with disabilities.For more information, click here.

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