Lycoming College received a $25,000 contribution from AT&T that will continue to provide support for Lycoming College Prep, a college preparation summer program for students who will be the first in their family to attend college.
“Lycoming College is delighted to continue our relationship with AT&T and offer high-achieving, first-generation students an exposure to the residential liberal arts model of higher education,” said President Kent C. Trachte. “The purpose of Lycoming College Prep is to open the doors of opportunity to deserving students and to prepare them for college.”
Designed to introduce students to the benefits of a residential liberal arts college and campus life, Lycoming College Prep offers non-credit academic courses lead by faculty and workshops on preparing for college and the admissions application process. The program was started last year thanks to a $35,000 contribution from AT&T.
In its inaugural year, Lycoming College Prep brought to campus 20 rising high school seniors from across the country, including local school districts, and KIPP and YES Prep, two of the national public charter school networks that have partnered with Lycoming. Lycoming students served as mentors during the two-week program. Academic courses included the social and physical sciences and art and leadership workshops. Students also participated in a community-service experience and outdoor activities, including a kayaking excursion on the Susquehanna River.
"The first year of Lycoming College Prep introduced the students to campus life and to all that's possible after they earn a high school diploma. We're looking forward to welcoming the next group of students to Williamsport this summer," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.
The 2015 program will be held July 11-25.
In 2011, a $20,000 AT&T contribution supported the work of the Lycoming College Peer Tutoring Program.