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.

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Showcase Session: College Access & Retention (Part 2)

  1. 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. 2. Workshop Overview <ul><li>Brief Introduction to On Point for College </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-and-post student enrollment services—strategies and activities that affect college success </li></ul><ul><li>Example of College Access Program- College Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies that reflect student challenges and how they were resolved </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>
  3. 3. On Point for College Overview <ul><li>Mission statement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Program serves more than 2,900 young adults </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helped 2,042 Syracuse youth enroll in college since 1999 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrated college graduation of 278 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Currently more than 1,100 youth in college </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>350 students of our students attend the local community college, Onondaga Community College </li></ul>On Point for College Overview
  5. 5. <ul><li>13 On Point for College staff members </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>9 full-time/4 part-time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Depth of staff </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full Time: Executive Director, Program Director, Community Investment Director, (3) College Access Advisors, (2) College Success Counselor, Office Manager </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part Time: College Visit Coordinator, On Point for Jobs Coordinator, Bookkeeper, Office Assistant </li></ul></ul></ul>On Point for College Overview
  6. 6. Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies/Activities that Affect Student Success: <ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile one-to-one college admission & financial aid advisement at 15 community centers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>College visits – three times per week for prospective enrollees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation to placement tests at colleges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-orientation check – counselors verify admission, financial aid & housing status of all prospective OPFC new college enrollees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation program – cover academic success, time management, roommates, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Provision of Basic Needs and College Supplies – backpacks, stationery supplies and $150 clothing stipend, bedding and towels for resident students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic and Emergency Needs – Eyeglasses, winter coats, food and medicine including pro-bono dental services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation to and from college for semester breaks/major holidays, utilizing a dedicated corps of volunteer mentors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of “campus angels” –i.e. compassionate liaisons (staff or faculty) on campuses attended by OPFC students </li></ul></ul></ul>Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
  8. 8. <ul><ul><ul><li>Follow-up guidance throughout college as follows: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>*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; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>*Monthly visits to campuses to meet with students attending two-year and Agricultural & Technical colleges/universities in New York State; and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>*Weekly visits to local community college to meet with students; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* College success staff help with study skills, financial aid, academic and personal issues; and link students to campus angels and/or learning centers </li></ul></ul></ul>Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
  9. 9. <ul><ul><ul><li>Last Dollar Grants – enrollment and housing deposits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limited financial assistance for textbooks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer Services – from two-year to four-year colleges (application, financial aid & college visits) </li></ul></ul></ul>Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
  10. 10. <ul><ul><ul><li>Re-enrollment assistance for college stopouts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative housing for college breaks for chronically homeless students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Counselor Accessibility – 7 days a week and 15 hours a day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to On Point for Jobs – transition to workforce including Job Fairs, networking, and summer and permanent job placement </li></ul></ul></ul>Pre-and-Post College Enrollment Strategies
  11. 11. Example of college partnership that advances student success: <ul><li>What Onondaga Community College does: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active assistance from Directors of Admissions and Student Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Track On Point for College on OCC Admissions application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide facility rental for On Point for College events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated review of admission & financial aid status of On Point for College students before start of semester </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special relationship with EOP & CSTEP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility to Math Diagnostics Lab prior to enrollment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. OCC & On Point for College <ul><li>What On Point for College does: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Retention Counselors at OCC 1 day a week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 On Point for College advisors to help 350 students complete financial aid, admissions & housing requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>On Point counselors encourage students to use OCC’s academic services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Math Science Grants to help students enroll in OCC courses over the summer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer services to four-year college including college visits </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. On Point for College Case Studies <ul><li>Examples include: student who was chronically homeless, student with started with GED </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Candace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calmesha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marcus </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Candace
  15. 15. Marcus
  16. 16. Calmesha
  17. 17. On Point for College Job Fair
  18. 18. Conclusion and Q&A <ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Rowser, Program Director </li></ul><ul><li>On Point for College, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>1654 W. Onondaga Street </li></ul><ul><li>Syracuse, NY 13204 </li></ul><ul><li>(315) 374-4104 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>