This is the university’s first time partnering with GEAR UP on this inaugural project with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and health.
The Academy at WKU was created to help students develop the skills needed for college and career success and create the opportunity to visualize themselves as a future college student. The students arrived on campus Sunday (June 29) for the three-week camp that ends July 19.
The Division of Enrollment Management’s Lindsey Gilmore, Coordinator for Retention and Outreach Applications, is serving as the campus director and liaison with GEAR UP officials for the inaugural program. To date more than 20 sessions have been planned to focus on college readiness and preparation and introduce the possible majors students can pursue within three years if they decide to enroll as future Hilltoppers.
“This is the first time WKU has hosted the GEAR UP academy,” Gilmore said. “Our students can expect an educational, fun-filled experience. We have invited WKU faculty and staff across a number of disciplines. Students will participate in engaging workshops focused on the MARS Robotic Discovery to learning about the stock market exchange. We will have a college café sessions each evening to introduce the students to pertinent functions of the college application process and experience. The students’ capstone project will be facilitated by WKU’s ALIVE Center through The $100 Solution project.”
Students from Bellevue High School, Calloway County High School, Dunbar High School, Gallatin County High School, Graves County High School, Knox County Central High School, Madison Central High School, Marshall County High School, Monroe County High School, Newport High School and Trigg County High School are participating in the Academy at WKU.
“GEAR UP Works!” said Dr. Joelle Davis Carter, Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services. “I have experience with GEAR UP programs in other states and they are effective because they present a forum to facilitate the obvious to enhance higher education—partner with our colleagues and initiatives in the P-12 arena. We look forward to immersing these students in the Hilltopper experience over the next three weeks and increasing their academic motivation to pursue a college degree.”
The WKU GEAR UP Academy is a residential, pre-college experience that has been designed with the involvement of faculty and staff along with academic and student support units such as the Department of Housing and Residence Life, Hardin Planetarium, SKyTeach Governor’s University and more.
Information provided by Lindsey Gilmore
Source: SurfKY News