Great Lakes grant to prepare academically disadvantaged students
(4/12/12): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is one of
five technical colleges in the state that will provide more assistance to help
students succeed in postsecondary education through a grant from Great Lakes
Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes).
WITC, along with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College,
will receive Wisconsin Summer Learning Grants. These grants will provide
academic support in reading, writing and math to new college students.
“We were excited to receive word that we had been approved
for the Wisconsin Summer Learning Program grant,” said Benita Allen, WITC Dean
of Students. “This grant will provide an opportunity for both Student Affairs
and Academic Affairs to collaboratively create a program to meet the needs of
underprepared students. Students who complete the program will be better
prepared academically, socially, and will have developed strategies to better
prepare them for college success.”
WITC’s Summer Learning Program, which will take place at
all four campuses, is designed for students who struggled with the admissions
assessment in either one or more areas for a fall program. This eight-week
program includes adult basic education courses; a free college credit of Success
Strategies; and counselor-led workshops on areas, such as financial planning for
college, balancing school and life and adjusting to college.
“The WITC Summer Learning Program is open to students who
need to remediate in at least one academic area – math, writing or reading –
after taking the ACCUPLACER entrance exam,” said Allen. “Students who have
minimally met program admissions scores, but still need improvement in one of
the academic areas and who would benefit from the program will also be
encouraged to enroll.”
The free program will be open to 20 students on each
campus, and every 10 students will have an assigned peer mentor who will be
available for support throughout the summer and fall semesters.
For more information about WITC’s Summer Learning Program
or to register, contact WITC Student Services at 800.243.9482.
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