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Wayne State provides at-risk students with college experience

July 8, 2014

The office of Community Engagement@Wayne at Wayne State University is hosting its annual College Jumpstart program beginning on July 13, 2014. The program, which is free for all participating students, is designed to expose underrepresented students to higher education and career paths. Through the weeklong program, over 60, 8th through 10th students from the Metro Detroit area live as college students on the campus of Wayne State University.

"We want to provide students with a real college experience and get them thinking about all the wonderful things they can do with a college education," said Monita Mungo, program manager at Community Engagement@Wayne and creator of College Jumpstart. "In addition to exposing them to life on a college campus, we want to get the students thinking about their professional careers and what they need to be doing that will help them get into college."

On the first day of College Jumpstart, students and parents will hear from WSU financial aid and admissions representatives who will talk about current admissions standards and financial aid requirements for attending college.

During the week, students will also get the chance to act as defendants, plaintiffs, prosecutors, judges and jurors, in a mock trial, learn Marketing 101 from Nicole Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing at Kelly Services, and Political Science will be taught by local attorney, Teresa Patton. 

Students will experience the excitement of college life, taking college courses with staff and faculty, such as French, and Psychology, and enjoy a memorable, life-changing summer. Students will learn new study skills, be given information on preparation for the ACT exam, and perform a community service activity, all while spending the week in one of Wayne State's residence halls.

"We hope the experience we provide these young students will help them see the tremendous possibilities that exist when they attend a university like Wayne State," said Jerry Herron, dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. "We're looking forward to having these students on campus as our guests."

College Jumpstart runs July 13-19, 2014, at Wayne State University. To get involved and learn more about future College Jumpstart programs, please contact Monita Mungo at or (313) 577-9216.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.