Pathways to College program launches campaign

Date Posted: August 5, 2010

MILWAUKEE – On July 7, 2010, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously voted to approve a purchase of the city's former Finney Library (4243 W. North Ave.) by Wisconsin Lutheran College and its Pathways to College program. While that transaction is under contract, scheduled to close before the end of 2010, fundraising for the library’s necessary renovation is on an immediate fast track.

"To expedite all the renovation needed before we can begin operating out of our new space at the Finney Library, we must raise $850,000 before the end of 2010," said Milton Cockroft, executive director for Pathways to College. "We’ve had very positive support from leaders throughout the community. Now we must reach out and invite additional philanthropic members of the Greater Milwaukee area to join in this essential program for these students. We need new partners – today – participating in our Buy-a-Brick Campaign."

Willie Hines, Milwaukee's Common Council president, fully endorses the Pathways program and its future plans for the Finney Library. "This is exactly what our community needs," he said in a recent statement. "Wisconsin Lutheran College will bring its proven track record to a neighborhood that desperately needs its young people to become more aware of higher education and the opportunities it can provide."

Pathways to College, a major component of Wisconsin Lutheran College's urban initiative, began in 2007 and is designed to assist lower-income, first-generation college prospects who have the potential to succeed in college. The primary focus of the program is to develop students to be academically sound, socially and spiritually strong, and to have the financial resources to continue their education beyond high school. Pathways staff expects 180 sixth-ninth graders – and their parents – to be enrolled this fall.

The Finney Library will become home of the program's Center for College Success. The Center is being created to assist students on a weekly basis by providing year-round tutoring, mentoring, and instruction to enhance academic growth. It will provide a computer lab, four classrooms, reading and study areas, a parent resource center, and space for meetings and workshops that will serve the surrounding community and partner organizations..

For more information about Pathways to College, visit its website or contact Milton Cockroft at 414.443.8729.

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Contact: Vicki Hartig, Assoc. VP of Marketing & Communication, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 414.443.8846.