There are lots of resources to help you get ready for college. The first is your Guidance Counselor – build a great relationship with him or her so you get good advice about how to get ready for college. The Legacy Scholars program and this website are great resources for more ideas to help you become more successful. Check out the websites of your favorite colleges as well and talk with their admissions staff to find out more about them specifically.
CYBERPATRIOT PROGRAM - Are you interested in cybersecurity and computers? Are you a beginner and would like to learn more about securing computers and networks? Or are you a computer whiz who's up for a new challenge? If you are entering 7th - 12th grade this fall, the Battle Creek CyberPatriot Summer Camp is the perfect way to learn more about cybersecurity for free! The Battle Creek College Access Network, with a grant from the Feldpausch Foundation, is making this 5-day summer camp FREE for participants. A t-shirt, book and light snacks will be provided to participating students as well. Campers do not need to have any special skillset to participate, however, very basic knowledge of computer hardware would be helpful. A basic English reading level is essential as many individual and group activities are guided by written directives to accomplish tasks.
Summer 2017 Program: The Battle Creek area ran its first very successful summer camp last year. The summer camp helps introduce students to the competition aspect of the activity. This past competition season, both teams from Battle Creek reached the Platinum Tier, which is made up of the top 30% of over 2,000 teams. One of our teams, from the Calhoun Area Career Center, scored first place in Michigan in each of the four rounds that take place! Overall, the CACC team finished 30th place in the world. This program has been successful in past years as well. In the inagural year, the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center team took first place in the Michigan Gold Tier Open Division and second place in the Midwest Region Gold Tier Open Division.
Interested students can register by accessing this link by June 9, 2018: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-creek-cyberpatriot-summer-camp-tickets-45311189989.
HEALTHCARE PIPELINE PROGRAM - Pipeline, pre-professional and enrichment programs are an important strategy for addressing educational achievement gaps and diversifying the health professions and shortage of underrepresented students and ethnic minorities within this sector of the workforce. The Battle Creek College Access Network has teamed with Kellogg Community College and the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to provide Battle Creek middle school students the opportunity to explore healthcare careers and increase their understanding and awareness of medical career opportunities.
2017-18 Program: Students in the pilot program (approximately 20-25) are required to participate in six planned Saturday Academy experiences that take place on both the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Kellogg Community College campuses. Program components include presentations by specialized physicians, team-based learning sessions, hands-on experiential learning and mentorship with a focus on skill building through teamwork, critical thinking, organization and peer-to-peer presentations. Students explore Cardiology, Pathology/Crime Scene Investigation, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Physical Therapy Science as well as Dental Hygiene and Radiology.
SOPHOMORE FUTURE TRACK - In order to strengthen the Battle Creek commmunity, it is imperative that we work collectively to create a pipeline for the workforce. Each year, the Battle Creek College Access Network strives to provide students in the greater Battle Creek area a one-day, hands-on, career exploration experience in a field of their interest. By partnering with local businesses, and by leveraging local voluteers as chaperones, students register online and are placed according to their career/career pathway interests. Sophomore Future Track is not only a way for students to learn about what a "day in the life" is like in the career of their dreams, but has been an excellent way for local businesses to impact youth as they plan for their postsecondary aspirations.
Our 2018 Event: Over 700 students were in attendance for the 2018 event, which was held on Tuesday, March 20th at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. 58 local businesses and organizations partnered with BC CAN to host students, and over 60 community volunteers assisted as chaperones to supervise host-site experiences. Ten schools from the greater Battle Creek area participated. Survey results indicated that a majority of students felt that their career experiences aligned with their interest, gave them an idea of what the career was like and was something that they would like to learn more about. Almost all participating businesses expressed that the event was coordinated well and was a good use of their time.
CAREER PATHWAY PUBLICATIONS - The Battle Creek College Access Network (BC CAN) is committed to equipping students with program and career pathway knowledge so that they can make the best decisions for their futures. Recently, BC CAN worked with community partners to develop a resource for Battle Creek area students, which outlined technical education pathways, local training programs, median wage information and highlighted local students of all ages who are currently pursuing the jobs of the future!
Check out the Battle Creek College Access Network's Career and Technical Education publication, which appeared as a full-size newspaper insert in the Battle Creek Shopper News on September 7, 2017.
SAT PREP COURSES - Standardized tests can often induce feelings of anxiety and fear in our students and many do not have the opportunity to address their concerns or receive additional assistance to prepare. After speaking with local school counselors in 2016, BC CAN worked to coordinate an opportunity for students to receive free SAT preparation. Now in its second year of programming, SAT prep workshops now take place on Saturdays during both fall and spring semesters. Students can register to attend a free 8-week course in which they take a pre- and post-test and receive 6 weeks of instruction in English (reading and writing) and Mathematics. See below to learn about the local teachers that helped us make this program a success during spring 2018:
Anya Letson - English (Lakeview High School)
My name is Anya Letson. Although this is my ninth year of teaching, I am currently in my second year teaching English 9 and 10 at Lakeview High School. I have previously taught English 11 and AP English Language & Composition. I graduated from Western Michigan University, got my teacher certification from Olivet College, and went to Spring Arbor University to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am inspired to teach because it is exciting to help the future leaders of our world; we need the gifts and talents of all of our young people to keep moving forward as a community. I get to talk about words and ideas with young people every day, and it's the best job in the world.
Nicole Vaughn - Mathematics (Battle Creek Central High School)
My name is Nicole Vaughn and I have been teaching at Battle Creek Central High School for fifteen years. This is my first year as an instructional coach but the other fourteen were as a math teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University and have since taken courses with Kellogg Community College, Walden University and University of Cincinnati. I went into teaching because I wanted to make math more approachable. I had a teacher my senior year of high school that wasn't afraid to make mistakes and learn with us and from that moment on I knew that I could do that too. I wanted to learn with my students each year while bringing my love of math to the classroom.
Spring 2018 Results: 37 students enrolled in the course. Overall , composite test scores changed by an average of 64 points. Of the 25 students that took the pre- and post-tests, 18 increased their composite scores, 6 decreased and 1 had no change. When looking at Reading and Math sections individually, both content areas showed an average increase. Student surveys indicated they overwhelmingly enjoyed the experience: showing an increase in test taking confidence, sense of preparedness and willingness to recommend the course to friends.
Are you interested in learning more about BC CAN's SAT prep workshops? Please contact staff at (269) 719-8228. Registration for the fall 2018 course will begin in September!
FAFSA WORKSHOPS - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. You use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid, such as grants, loans and work-study. In addition, most states and colleges use information from the FAFSA to award nonfederal aid. BC CAN coordinates free community-wide workshops each year so that students and parents can receive direct assistance in completing this vital financial aid form. Please revisit this page in September 2018 to learn more about October FAFSA workshops!