SECOND ANNUAL SUMMIT FEBRUARY 8-10, 2005 Washington D.C.. Margaret Tucker DAPCEP www.dapcep.org RECRUITMENT…RETENTION
DAPCEP Background The D etroit A rea P re- C ollege E ngineering P rogram (DAPCEP) was founded in 1976 . It is a nationally recognized leader that provides engineering, technology, mathematics and science enrichment courses for minority students. African American and Latino American students and professionals are dramatically underrepresented in these professions.
DAPCEP Background <ul><li>DAPCEP has since grown to reach over 6,300 students in 2002 through a large and active parent group, 62 Detroit Public Schools, 10 colleges and universities and 6 corporations. </li></ul>At DAPCEP’s Open House, more then 5,000 parents and students crowd a convention center hall in Detroit to sign up and learn about the intensive, extracurricular courses offered by DAPCEP
The DAPCEP Model Students Parents Instructors DAPCEP Industry Partners Community Partners Detroit Public Schools
Eligibility Criteria <ul><li>Be a motivated, current 7 th or 9 th grader </li></ul><ul><li>Have at least a 2.7 grade point average and a “B” average or above in mathematics and science. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess a strong interest in computers and information technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to commit for two years-Spring, Summer and Fall. </li></ul>
Engineering Enrichment Program University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Summer The World of Physics Lawrence Technology University High Fives: Mathematics and Information Technology Lawrence Technology University Saturday Year 2: Engineering A Paper Vehicle University of Detroit Mercy Summer Computer Programming & Algorithms University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering for the Environment Ford Motor Company Saturday Year 1: Classes For 7 th Grade Students
Engineering Intensive Workshop Michigan Technological University Summer Soft Side of Engineering Ford Motor Company Mechantronics University of Detroit Mercy Saturday Year 2: Laboratory Science with Computer Integration University of Michigan-Dearborn Summer Technically Speaking Lawrence Technology University Web Page Design University of Michigan-Dearborn Saturday Year 1: Classes For 9 th Grade Students
<ul><li>MAILINGS </li></ul><ul><li>WEBSITE </li></ul><ul><li>PARENTS WORKSHOP </li></ul><ul><li>INTERVIEWS </li></ul><ul><li>SELECTION </li></ul>Recruitment Process
Recruitment Process <ul><li>Mailings To: </li></ul><ul><li>School Superintendents in Southeastern Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Parents of current DAPCEP 7 th and 9 th participants </li></ul><ul><li>All middle and high school Principals in Detroit Public School System </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Information and application available on the DAPCEP website. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Parent Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>The First DAPCEP/ITEST Parental Workshop was held in conjunction with the DAPCEP Open House. The focus was to prepare interested parents and students with interviewing skills, to answer questions and to schedule interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Parents and students students were interviewed, together and separately. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewers were trained so that the same questions were asked. </li></ul>Recruitment Process
Retention Due to DAPCEP’s reputation of high quality classes and the successes of our students (parents), we had to develop a waiting list for the 7 th grade cohorts. Ninth grade students were more challenging and a few wanted to find employment during the summer. Parents who have not had that much experience with the DAPCEP program, let the child make the decision about continuing in the program. Ninth grade Hispanic students have presented more of a challenge, and we look forward to working with the Churches in the Hispanic/Latino community.
Lessons Learned <ul><li>Parental involvement and parental communications are fundamental to the success of the program. Parents are very responsive to workshops, mailings, newsletters, the website and phone calls. </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic students participation is directly related to parents and community involvement. DAPCEP/ITEST utilized Hispanic organizations and schools in the community, but will focus on the Churches in the Hispanic communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Because the students take the same classes together for two years, they have become very social able. Instructors need to be aware and develop strategies. </li></ul>