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On Point for College presented a showcase session called Beyond Access: Effective Strategies to Foster the Success of Low-Income and First Generation College Youth, which highlighted effective ...

On Point for College presented a showcase session called Beyond Access: Effective Strategies to Foster the Success of Low-Income and First Generation College Youth, which highlighted effective strategies On Point for College has used to promoted college access and retention.



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    Showcase Session: College Access & Retention Showcase Session: College Access & Retention Presentation Transcript

    • Workshop Track: Student Services Workshop Title: Beyond Access: Effective Strategies to Foster the Success of Low-income and First Generation College Youth Presenter : Sam Rowser, Program Director April 8-9, 2010 Yanetsy (Merino) Garay OCC Class of 2008 now attending Syracuse University
    • Workshop Overview
      • Brief Introduction to On Point for College
      • Pre-and-post student enrollment services—strategies and activities that affect college success
      • Example of College Access Program- College Partnership
      • Case studies that reflect student challenges and how they were resolved
      • Questions and Answers
    • On Point for College Overview
      • Mission statement
          • To open the door to higher education for the inner city youth; to break down the barriers that hinder potential students from entering college; and to provide support that empowers them to succeed.
      • Program serves more than 2,900 young adults
          • Helped 2,042 Syracuse youth enroll in college since 1999
          • Celebrated college graduation of 278
          • Currently more than 1,100 youth in college
      • 350 students of our students attend the local community college, Onondaga Community College
      On Point for College Overview
      • 13 On Point for College staff members
          • 9 full-time/4 part-time
      • Depth of staff
          • Full Time: Executive Director, Program Director, Community Investment Director, (3) College Access Advisors, (2) College Success Counselor, Office Manager
          • Part Time: College Visit Coordinator, On Point for Jobs Coordinator, Bookkeeper, Office Assistant
      On Point for College Overview
    • Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies/Activities that Affect Student Success:
          • Mobile one-to-one college admission & financial aid advisement at 15 community centers
          • College visits – three times per week for prospective enrollees
          • Transportation to placement tests at colleges
          • Pre-orientation check – counselors verify admission, financial aid & housing status of all prospective OPFC new college enrollees
          • Orientation program – cover academic success, time management, roommates, etc.
          • Provision of Basic Needs and College Supplies – backpacks, stationery supplies and $150 clothing stipend, bedding and towels for resident students
          • Basic and Emergency Needs – Eyeglasses, winter coats, food and medicine including pro-bono dental services
          • Transportation to and from college for semester breaks/major holidays, utilizing a dedicated corps of volunteer mentors
          • Establishment of “campus angels” –i.e. compassionate liaisons (staff or faculty) on campuses attended by OPFC students
      Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
          • Follow-up guidance throughout college as follows:
          • *Mobile staff who visit OPFC students on campuses within New York State at the beginning of each semester; staff help resolve financial aid issues, provide financial assistance for textbooks, if needed, ensure students have full class schedules and show students were learning centers are located;
          • *Monthly visits to campuses to meet with students attending two-year and Agricultural & Technical colleges/universities in New York State; and
          • *Weekly visits to local community college to meet with students;
          • * College success staff help with study skills, financial aid, academic and personal issues; and link students to campus angels and/or learning centers
      Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
          • Last Dollar Grants – enrollment and housing deposits
          • Limited financial assistance for textbooks
          • Math & Science Grants at OCC – tuition assistance to take summer math and science course to help advancement in STEM, Business/Finance and health-related disciplines.
          • Transfer Services – from two-year to four-year colleges (application, financial aid & college visits)
      Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
          • Re-enrollment assistance for college stopouts
          • Alternative housing for college breaks for chronically homeless students
          • Counselor Accessibility – 7 days a week and 15 hours a day
          • Early Awareness Program – successful college students give presentations entitled “College is Possible” to youth aged 8-15 at neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, and GED classes.
          • Access to On Point for Jobs – transition to workforce including Job Fairs, networking, and summer and permanent job placement
      Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
    • Example of college partnership that advances student success:
      • What Onondaga Community College does:
          • Active assistance from Directors of Admissions and Student Services
          • Track On Point for College on OCC Admissions application
          • Provide facility rental for On Point for College events
          • Dedicated review of admission & financial aid status of On Point for College students before start of semester
          • Special relationship with EOP & CSTEP
          • Accessibility to Math Diagnostics Lab prior to enrollment
    • OCC & On Point for College
      • What On Point for College does:
          • 2 Retention Counselors at OCC 1 day a week
          • 6 On Point for College advisors to help 350 students complete financial aid, admissions & housing requirements
          • On Point counselors encourage students to use OCC’s academic services
          • Provide Math Science Grants to help students enroll in OCC courses over the summer
          • Transfer services to four-year college including college visits
    • On Point for College Case Studies
      • Examples include: student who was chronically homeless, student with started with GED
        • Candace
        • Calmesha
        • Marcus
    • Candace
    • Marcus
    • Calmesha
    • On Point for College Job Fair
    • Conclusion and Q&A
      • Contact Information:
      • Samuel Rowser, Program Director
      • On Point for College, Inc.
      • 1654 W. Onondaga Street
      • Syracuse, NY 13204
      • (315) 374-4104
      • [email_address]