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Great Lakes grant to prepare academically disadvantaged students

Students who complete the Wisconsin Summer Learning Program will be better prepared academically, socially, and will have developed strategies to better prepare them for college success.

(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.

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and manage their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes funds programs that foster workforce development and improve economic competitiveness by increasing the number of disadvantaged students who start and complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. For additional information, visit mygreatlakes.org.