OCC’S Southfield campus and the Southfield Rotary Club are partnering for a year-long program to motivate high school students to pursue college careers.
The year-long program S.T.R.I.V.E. or Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education, targets high school juniors and seniors considering attending college and currently enrolled in Southfield Public High Schools or Oak Park High Schools.
Students are identified by their high schools to join the program and sign a form making a commitment to improve class attendance, attitude, grade point average and participation.
STRIVE will host programs throughout the year, including a one-day summit from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, in the Student LIFE Center, Room A-129, on the Southfield campus.
The program features breakfast and lunch, a tour of the campus and a variety of panels to include: “The Keys to College Success” and “Using Technology for Academic Success.” The program will feature a career pathways panel featuring moderator Niko Dawson, attorney David Jones, architect James Jenkins, dentist Matthew Gray, politician Kiesha Speech, community advocate Leslie Love Smith, Washtenaw Community College business faculty member Kimberly Hurns and police chief Eric Hawkins. Students will hear keynote speaker Dr. Tanya Martin, a licensed psychologist and life coach, speak about motivation and self-assurance.
“We want to get these students acclimated to college and thinking about getting their grades together to start school in the coming years,” said Southfield Dean of Campus Affairs Lloyd Crews, Ph.D. and president of the Southfield Rotary Club.
Rotary’s involvement is a service project with sights on helping students in the community, Crews said. The program is starting with 50 students and hopes to build from there.
“Everyone benefits when OCC partners with the community and the school system to help students,” he added.