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Pathways to College Summer Camp now in session

Pathways to College two-week camp offers continuation in year-long learning program designed to assist lower-income, first-generation college students 

Date Posted: July 9, 2008 

Pathways Camp imageMILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting a two-week summer camp for Pathways to College July 7-18. The camp is part of the year-long requirement of being in the Pathways program. The camp is focusing on math, science, arts and athletics. The math component includes a robotics piece where the students are building robots and designing simple software to make them move.

Pathways to College is in its first year at Wisconsin Lutheran. It is a program designed to assist lower-income, first-generation college students who have the potential to succeed in college. The primary focus of the program is to develop students to be academically sound, to be socially and spiritually strong and to have the financial resources to continue their education beyond high school.

The Pathways program has three components. The pre-college program is for students in grades 6-12 who are given resources to ensure their skill levels rise to meet the entry requirements of most colleges and universities. In the college program, students receive the support, resources and tools they need to succeed in college. The parental program enlists the support and commitment of parents to encourage and support their student for the length of the program.

Students in the Pathways to College program participate at least once a week in mini courses on high school and college options, accelerated math and reading, financial management, study skills and habits and foreign language. The students also meet one Saturday a month and have various activities, workshops and guest presenters. The two-week summer program is also a requirement of the program.

“The summer camp is an exciting time for everyone; the kids are having a ball in the biology lab, building robots, writing software programs and getting an understanding of how math plays a role in all of these things.  They also have an opportunity to tap into their creative side in the visual arts classes,” says Milton Cockroft, Pathways Director. “The first year has been very successful with 45 students from 9 different schools and we are looking forward to an even better second year anticipating about 80 to 100 students.”

The Pathways to College program and summer camp is funded by grants from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, the Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation, AT&T Wisconsin and Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

For more information about Pathways visit www.pathwaystocollege.info or to schedule a visit during the camp, call (414) 443-8790.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a four-year, Christian liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.