GRAYLING — Kirtland Community College welcomed 19 seventh grade students from Houghton Lake, Roscommon and St. Helen schools into the Kirtland Foundation’s new Path to Success program at an induction ceremony on December 10.
promotes cultural awareness, academic achievement, social development and well-rounded learning. Through mentoring and interactions with college personnel and students, students gain invaluable insight into higher education and career development.
“As we’re aiming to strengthen our region it’s important to invest in our students early so they can clearly see all the possible careers paths they could take,” said David Lepper, Director of the Kirtland Foundation, “Many of these kids would be first-generation college students, and now they’re learning key skills and having unique experiences that will set them up for success later on.”
The program will teach seventh grade students in their first year about character building, teamwork skills and cultural enrichment through Kirtland Community College campus visits, museum tours, plays, restaurants, trips to the state capitol and more.
“This is incredibly eye opening for the students,” shared Kaye Metcalf, the mother of two sisters in the program. “They’re experiencing things that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise and showing them the potential that exists for their futures. That’s powerful.”
Extending through twelfth grade, the program has various programming focused on volunteerism and service learning, college preparation and job readiness. Students are nominated for Path to Success by school counselors, based on need and academic performance.
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