Auburn University and Loachapoka schools to launch College Prep Initiative

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of University Outreach will kick off the new school year with an event to launch the 2011 College Prep Initiative, celebrating the partnership between Auburn University and Loachapoka schools, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Loachapoka High School. There will be an opening reception followed by welcome remarks at 6 p.m.

The event will provide an opportunity for students and families in the community to learn about and sign up for numerous educational programs offered by Auburn University. The College Prep Initiative is in its second year and was established to engage students and inspire them to attain postsecondary education. The goal of the initiative is to have a majority of the graduating class accepted into a college or university.

“Building high quality, high impact partnerships with area schools and school systems across Alabama is a key objective of Auburn University’s Strategic Plan,” said Royrickers Cook, assistant vice president for University Outreach. “University Outreach’s College Prep Initiative along with the 2011 Loachapoka Celebration represents Auburn University’s long-term commitment to partnering with area schools and communities like Loachapoka.”

Lee County Schools superintendent Stephen Nowlin and assistant superintendent of secondary education Stan Cox, along with Cook, will speak at the event. Auburn University faculty and students will be on hand to discuss specific programs that are available to Loachapoka students.

The College Prep Initiative offers services in three main categories: university preparatory enrichment, family university and advanced university experience. Last school year, students at Loachapoka were provided HP mini-laptops for use as part of the initiative. Students enrolled in the University Preparatory Enrichment program received instruction on problem solving, career exploration and ACT preparation. The laptops were used to teach computer skills and enrich the students’ learning experience in all areas of their education.

Families enrolled in the Family University were involved in activities designed to help parents prepare their children for postsecondary education.

Faculty and undergraduate student leaders from the College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute worked with Loachapoka seniors enrolled in the Advanced University Experience. The seniors participated in a weeklong residential summer camp and visits to Auburn’s campus. Faculty and graduate students from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching are also involved in the initiative.

The College Prep Initiative was recently expanded to include mentoring through the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center, offering a Young Women’s Leadership Program for Loachapoka’s female students.

Contact: Christiana Russell, (334) 844-7460 (crussell@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)