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Showcase Session: College Access & Retention (Part 2)


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This workshop highlights effective strategies from On Point for College, a holistic and comprehensive college access and retention program.

This workshop highlights effective strategies from On Point for College, a holistic and comprehensive college access and retention program.

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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.
  • 4.
    • 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
  • 5.
    • 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
  • 6. 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.
  • 7.
        • 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
  • 8.
        • 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
  • 9.
        • 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
  • 10.
        • 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. On Point for College Case Studies
    • Examples include: student who was chronically homeless, student with started with GED
      • Candace
      • Calmesha
      • Marcus
  • 14. Candace
  • 15. Marcus
  • 16. Calmesha
  • 17. On Point for College Job Fair
  • 18. 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]