Mile High Squash (MHS) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center For Equity Jointly Create A Unique Pilot Program Providing MHS Students A Taste of College Life

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Mile High Squash (MHS) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center For Equity create a unique pilot program providing MHS students a taste of college life at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). The two organizations jointly launched a week long pilot program for ten 11th graders in June at CU.

Mile High Squash Offers Summer Programs to Low-Income Students to Find Pathways to College

Mile High Squash Offers Summer Programs to Low-Income Students to Find Pathways to College

The mission of SORCE - …to empower student learning and success by providing access and educational opportunities to underrepresented students...

Mile High Squash (MHS) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center For Equity (SORCE) create a unique pilot program providing MHS students a taste of college life at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). The two organizations jointly launched a week long pilot program for ten 11th graders in June at CU. The students and two counselors spent a week on campus, attending a series of classes specifically designed for the MHS students: College Composition, Digital Narratives, College Life, Biology (Mitosis), and Algebraic reasoning.

Dr. Eiteljorg, the Executive Director of MHS, and Victor Hernandez, the Director of SORCE met last summer during a routine tour at CU. “We,” Mr. Hernandez recounts, “realized that there was significant potential for SORCE to play a serious role in helping the MHS students become college-bound.” Dr. Eiteljorg agreed, stating, “The mission of SORCE - …to empower student learning and success by providing access and educational opportunities to underrepresented students in order to enhance a diverse environment that enriches the University of Colorado – reaches beyond current CU students to potential students, to MHS students.” Mile High Squash needs collegiate partnerships that place its students on a college campus for significant periods of time, familiarizing them with the world of college. “Ideally,” Mr. Hernandez continued, “students would spend time on campus year-in-and-year-out, slowly become comfortable with all that CU life can offer its students.”

Mr. Hernandez continues, “The daily schedule mimicked that of first-year students, three 50-minute classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and two 75-minute classes on Tuesday and Thursday with some additional lab time.” The students lived on campus and had to control their time, just as a college student would do. Dr. Eiteljorg and Mr. Hernandez agreed that it was a good experience for the students and the SORCE team. The students and both Executive Directors felt the pilot program was a success and plans are being developed to expand the program to cover multiple grades and weeks for the summer of 2014.

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