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Focus: HOPE Partners with Oakland Community College

Jul 26
Focus: HOPE Partners with Oakland Community College

Offers Steps for Success Program to increase success rates for incoming college freshman

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Last Thursday, July 21st at 10 a.m. at our MTI Library, we, along with Oakland Community College (OCC) and the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered together to offer a Steps for Success Program to OCC students (current and new enrollees) and students within our marketing reach interested in attending a community college. The program is being funded with $50,000 from the Detroit Regional Chamber, The Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and Oakland Community College. William Jones, Jr., Focus: HOPE, CEO; Timothy Meyer, OCC Chancellor; and Greg Handel, Detroit Regional Chamber, Vice President Education and Talent, participated in the MOU signing.

"This program is designed to prepare and remediate students both academically and socially for successful post-secondary opportunities using targeted academic enrichment, support services and collaborative guidance," said Focus: HOPE CEO, William Jones Jr.  "We firmly believe that post-secondary education is one of the most important things you can do to address issues of poverty."

The dual enrollment program targets OCC students (current and new enrollees) and students within our own marketing reach who want to take that next steps towards higher education, but need an academic bridge to help them succeed. The first semester of the program begins this fall, welcoming 20 incoming OCC students. The first semester, the academic bridge, is on our campus and is free to incoming OCC freshman who qualify for the program. The first semester assists students to succeed by focusing on academic preparedness, college orientation, life skills, attendance, time management, study skills, attitude and teamwork. We also help them with child care, obtaining professional attire and essential assistance that most people do not realize others do not have. After successful completion of the first semester, students will transition to OCC's campus to finish the coursework for their chosen career path.

"The Focus: HOPE team is excited to partner on the Steps for Success program and believes this collaboration will make a positive impact on students' ability to successfully pursue post-secondary opportunities," said Focus: HOPE Director of Workforce Development & Education, Rashida Thomas.

During the student's transition from our campus to OCC's, OCC counseling staff and our student success coaches and case managers, will continue to support these students with on-site tutoring sessions and workshops as well as monthly coaching meetings. The goal is to promote continued student engagement, self-sustainability and overall student success. The follow-up activities are designed to gradually reduce our support while simultaneously increasing OCC's support.

"Student success and meeting community needs are the core of what we do as an educational institution," said OCC Chancellor, Timothy Meyer. "With this partnership, we bring the strengths of our organizations together to support this community through educational and training efforts and the important life skills, self-confidence, hope and motivation students need to be successful and build hope toward the future of our community."

For more information on the Steps for Success program, please contact our admissions office at admissions@focushope.edu, or Athena Milller at 313.494.4393.