Trailblazers: UW-Richland Precollege students

6/27/14
By UW-Richland

Being the first in a family to earn a college degree can be a challenge as well as a pathway to increased opportunity and new ways to succeed. College can seem like a strange new world, a mysterious culture.

The UW-Richland Precollege Program 2014 on-campus week, held June 23-27, is designed to help students prepare to meet those challenges—to gain confidence in this new culture and a greater understanding of student resources that can support them as they succeed and set a new standard for future generations. Nearly 70 students with a support staff of about a dozen participated in the 2014 on-campus week this year, a program students are encouraged to return to each summer during their middle school through high school years.

Diondre Howard, Milwaukee, is one of seven UW-Richland students working with the program as assistants. “I want to have a positive, lasting impression, to be a mentor and helper to the students,” he said. “We focus a lot on team work, on trying to make sure everyone is included. Seeing them smile, have fun, and talk—that’s rewarding.”

His work with the program directly relates to a personal goal—he’d like to establish a non-profit organization in Milwaukee to help first generation college students. His major, business communication is helping him understand what would go into realizing that goal. Working with the UW-Richland Precollege Program is giving him practical experience. “I’m getting insights on what goes into setting up and running a program,” he said.

In addition to academic-focused sessions such as hands-on science, storytelling and communication, students in the program take part in workshops on careers, college life, and teamwork. They stay in Campus View student housing, getting a taste of residence life. And they make connections with people from communities unlike their own, as having friends with similar goals and working with others are important skills in college.

Delaney Duell, from Richland Center, and A’kerah Dotson, from Milwaukee, met last year during Precollege Summer Week and were happy to re-connect this year. Duell, who plans to become an elementary school teacher, said, “We do a lot of fun stuff and get an idea of what college is like.” Dotson, who is still considering a range of future careers, said, “I like learning new things. Cooking and chemistry have been my favorites so far."

Students taking part in the 2014 program were: 

Blue River
Jacob Fessenden
Madalyn Payne

Boscobel
Darwin Walsh

Cazenovia
Kerrigan Hoffine
Jenna Pretsch

Chicago
Natasha Marshall

Dodgeville
Rashaad Momon

Eastman
Sarah Lenzendorf

Fox Point
Ken Matthews

Greenfield
Daniel Brown

Hillpoint
Jordan Deal

Ithaca
Elizabeth Stocks
Matthew Stocks

Lone Rock
Jacob Menne
Christina O'Brien

Milwaukee
Shadaab Bhamla
Reginald Butler
Quante Carter
Jaelyn Crawley
Wardell Dodds
A'Kerah Dotson
Faith Evans
Victoria Evans
Dominique Hill
Brandon Jones
Marionna Lamphey
K'Shaun McDade
Precious Miller
Kenyari Montgomery
Harlan Neumann
Arianna Owens
Kyaira Owens
J'Vontae Pace
Cody Pierce
Francisco Roque
Myia Ross
Yanawat Sasi-Anantachai
Keyshawn Thomas
Talia Westcott
Atouria Whitley

Mt Sterling
Murielle Grover

Richland Center
Libby Davis
Anna Driscoll
Delaney Duell
Emily Durst
Morgan  Goodyear
Anna Houman
Lexi Klatt
Brooklyn Lindvig
John Darby Luttig
Bailey  Miller
Erin Miller
Kevin Osorio
Mateo Osorio
Aimee Pedro-Merlos
Gage Perkins
Kaylee Sauer
Colton Unbehaun
Brianna Vigil
Sterling Weitzel
Taylor Weitzel
Morgan  Wiedenfeld

Viola
David  Savage-Lobeck

Whitefish Bay
Jordan McJimpsey

New applicants are welcome. For qualified students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college, full scholarships are available. Classes, housing and meals are included. For more information on the UW-Richland Precollege Program visit the campus website richland.uwc.edu > Community Outreach > Continuing Education > Youth Programs. Or phone the UW-Richland Continuing Education Office at (608) 647-6186, Ext. 227.

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Contact

Dorothy Thompson
608.647.6186, ext. 231