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ACCESS Program Offers Taste of College Experience

Pilot Experience Available to Warren and Butler County High School Students

April 16, 2013

High school sophomores and juniors can get a taste of college life this summer through a crash course program offered by Wilmington College.

The College is partnering with the Warren and Butler County Educational Service centers in creating a program called ACCESS (Academic College Experience for Student Success).

The six-day program, June 16 through 21, will be offered to 40 high school students from Warren and Butler counties as a realistic immersion into college that includes exposure to success strategies, interactive experiences, leadership, and service learning.

College faculty and staff will instruct and lead as the students spend five nights in a residence hall, eat in the student dining hall and participate in both in-class and extracurricular activities, the latter of which includes a canoe trip.

Ken Lydy, associate vice president for student affairs, said students will, in essence, have an chance to experience college firsthand before they even submit an application to a college or university.

“They will have an opportunity to not only gain college preparatory skills, but also immerse themselves in a real college experience,” he said.

Part of the curriculum is exploring potential careers and gaining insight into the ACT test.

Parents also have a role in the program, as they will learn about the college search process (timeline, forms and financial aid). Culminating the week will be a luncheon at which parents will see what their children learned. Ultimately, the students should emerge with a better understanding their strengths and areas for improvement.

Mark Denniston, who noted that 11 percent of WC’s main campus students came from Warren and Butler counties in fall 2012, said the ACCESS program is an additional outreach to Warren and Butler counties.

“It’s a way for us to strengthen ties in these areas,” he added.

The cost is $299 a student, however 15 scholarships will be awarded. Eleven percent of WC’s main campus students came from Warren and Butler counties in fall 2012. More information can be obtained by contacting Lydy at (937) 382-6661 ext. 624 or via email at klydy@wilmington.edu. Registration procedures are available at: www.bcesc.org.