Coe, Zach Johnson Foundation partner with new "Day in the Life of a College Student" program

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2016-04-06 09:15:23 - General

Coe College is partnering with the Zach Johnson Foundation to provide a new "Day in the Life of a College Student" program for 70 sixth graders who participate in Kids on Course. The purpose of the event - set for Tuesday, April 12 - is to get middle school students excited about the opportunity to go to college.

During their day at Coe, the sixth graders will take part in a series of classes and activities­ - both in and out of the classroom­ - to expose them to what college life is all about. As the pioneers of the Kids on Course program, these students have the opportunity to receive support from the Zach Johnson Foundation to attend college if they remain in the program through high school graduation.

Specific programming planned by Coe faculty will include introductory classes for all areas of interest, ranging from Spanish, ceramics and electricity to food chemistry, ESP and a discussion of elections, along with the opportunity to take a library challenge. Several Coe coaches will offer practice experiences for the sixth-grade participants, while rock climbing, Zumba and meditation will also be offered. More than 50 Coe students will be mentoring the Kids on Course participants throughout the day.

The latest collaboration between Coe and Kids on Course is part of a long-standing relationship between the two Cedar Rapids organizations. For several years, Coe has provided tours to elementary school children who are involved in the Kids on Course program. In addition, Coe students have volunteered as enrichment coordinators for the program and served as tutors. For the past two years, Coe has also had an Iowa Campus AmeriCorps participant working as a capacity builder for Kids on Course to strengthen and sustain the partnership. This expanded approach will provide an enhanced college enrichment experience for the middle school students.

"Coe's vision about the transformative power of education parallels the mission of Kids on Course, and we are thrilled to partner with the organization to expand opportunities for all students to find success in college," said Coe Vice President for Advancement David Hayes. "It is great fun to witness firsthand the positive impact that the Zach Johnson Foundation is having on our entire community, and we love having these talented kids on our campus enjoying a fun day full of big dreams."

Kids on Course leaders are enthused about this latest programming opportunity with Coe to benefit students in the program.

"Having students in middle school actually experience what college is like, and not just tour the campus, is something that will stay with them forever. They'll be journaling the full day so they can reflect and build a plan for their futures that includes learning and growing past high school graduation," said Jaimen Pangborn, Kids on Course site manager at Wilson Middle School.

About Kids on Course

Kids on Course is a nonprofit program of the Zach Johnson Foundation, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Kids on Course provides tutoring, enrichment, parent engagement strategies and health supports to put students on course to graduate from college. Each child reaches his or her academic and individual potential through creative and inventive opportunities that connect students and families to the community, schools and higher learning. Kids on Course is based at Grant, Harrison and Van Buren elementary schools as well as Roosevelt and Wilson middle schools in Cedar Rapids.

About Coe College

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.