The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation’s program, Students of Promise, recently inducted its seventh group of students. Twenty-five seventh grade students, selected from Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison school districts, were welcomed into the program with a formal ceremony and reception.
Now in its eighth year, the program promotes cultural awareness, academic achievement, higher education, and social development to academically promising students who face significant challenges in their lives.
Staff from local school systems identified and nominated students for the program. Of this group, twenty-five students were selected. The Students of Promise program will work with those students through high school graduation and into college.
Program participants are encouraged to reach their highest potential through activities and opportunities that broaden their horizons, expose them to higher education, and allow them to interact with positive role models. Program events range from a trip to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo to an etiquette training and five-course meal, to learning survival tips while spending days on a remote island with no technology. Students have scaled rock walls, developed team building skills, discussed the principals of the Character Counts program, polished Petoskey Stones, crafted with the senior residents at a retirement home, analyzed fibers and fingerprints to solve a crime, enjoyed flight simulators and seen a rhinoceros up close. It’s fun – with a purpose.
“As the students move through the program, the focus changes,” said Tammy Alvaro, program coordinator. “Instead of exploring museums, they begin exploring careers and preparing for life after high school. Their world views start to expand, along with their considerations of their futures.”
In the last two years of the program, the students are encouraged to take college-level classes through dual enrollment. They also get assistance with exploring college choices and eventually applying for college and navigating the financial aid process.
The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance MMCC’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved instructional facilities. Its largest fund raiser A Northern Tradition at Jay’s Sporting Goods occurs every April, and has raised over $1.1 Million in its eleven years.
“It’s very exciting to watch the students grow and mature,” said Alvaro. “For these new inductees, they’ve just started their journeys, and this program will really impact their lives in incredible ways.”
You can learn more about the Students of Promise program by calling Tammy Alvaro at 989-386-6634 or by visiting midmich.edu/studentsofpromise.