Keweenaw Bay Students Prepare for Leadership

May 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-4: Success by Accountability and Assessment, Tribal College News

CELEBRATING MENTORS AND STUDENTS. KBOCC advisers and university bound students received gifts at their program conclusion. Photo courtesy of Debbie Parrish.

Six Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) students participated in a summer program at Michigan Technological University (MTU) through the Michigan College and University Partnership (MICUP) program. The program is designed to assist students in the transfer process to community colleges to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Community colleges are proven training grounds for future community leaders. The MICUP program allows students to participate in a six-week summer program that addresses the opportunities and challenges for students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program includes academic tutoring and comprehensive advising while students complete an undergraduate internship with a faculty member.

Two KBOCC students participated in the six-week long program: Andrea McMahon and Cory Fountaine. McMahon served as an intern with the MICUP office under the supervision of Lori Muhlig, associate program director. Fountaine served under the direction of Susan Kilpela with the Art Department.

Four KBOCC students completed research projects during the second summer session. Carole LaPointe’s project was a youth entrepreneurship program. Lauri Denomie’s project was “Ojibwe Chiefs, Then and Now.” Jerry Jondreau and Evelyn Ravindran presented jointly on the “Black Ash Tree.

A farewell luncheon was held at MTU where MICUP Program Director Madeline Mercado Voelker presented certificates of completion. Lori Muhlig, associate program director, presented students and mentors with gifts.

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