By now, you have received multiple communications from President Montgomery and our Provost, Dr. Jennifer Bott, regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. WMU remains open and the Office of Pre-College Programming is here to students participating in precollege programs including, but not limited tom ATYP, Michigan’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, MI GEAR Up, Outward Bound, and dual enrollment. The Pre-College Programming is accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
In alignment with courses being offered through distance education for the remainder of the semester, the Office of Pre-College Programming services will be offered from a distance as our staff works remotely during this time. You will be able to receive information, updates, support, guidance, and mentoring via phone, email, WebEx, and Zoom video conferencing.
Staff can be reached using the contact information previously provided, including their direct office phones and email. You may contact our general office line by phone at 269-387-2773 or email Alexis Arocho. Phone calls and email will be attended to in the order received.
In addition, you can contact us about specific pre-college programs using the information below:
Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!
During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of Pre-College Programming remains available to serve you as all staff will continue to work remotely. Staff can be reached using the contact information previously provided, including their direct office phones and email. Additionally, contact information for specific pre-college programs and for the pre-college general office can be found below.
As you know, most of our services have transitioned from in-person to remote delivery until at least April 13, and staff continues to work diligently to provide services through a variety of methods. Many of these services require access to the internet; in order to assist with access here are a number of links for free/low-cost internet to help parents and students during this time. We hope that our students and families will find this helpful:
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Spectrum Internet Assist
- Access from AT&T
- Verizon Innovative Learning
- FCC’s Lifeline Program
The health and safety of students and their families is and will remain our highest priority during this global pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will keep you updated as we know more information. We look forward to this difficult time passing; however, in the interim virtual connections will be the primary source of communication.
Please stay safe and let us know if there is anything our office can do to be of assistance.
All ATYP classes will be held online from March 16 until April 3. Spring break will occur from April 6 - 10. Classes are scheduled to return to face-to-face classes on April 13 but that is a tentative date and it may be further delayed. Help session will be online for the same period.
WMU offers a large number of summer camps for students of all different ages in areas as diverse as Forensic Science, volleyball, and aviation. Complete listing will be available soon - more camps added every day so check back often.
Are you working with youth this school year or next summer? Attend our seminar now to learn how to train your staff. You will learn about precollege youth policies, emergency management procedures, cultural humility, college positive volunteerism, minors on campus policies, social media and liability, managing difficult youth and maintaining authentic partnerships. The training will be held on both Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Breakfast is included in this free training. Questions? Email Precollege Programming or call at (269) 387-2773. Online registration is open!
Is your department or college hosting a summer camp this year? If so, please fill out the online form to have your camp included on the 2020 WMU Summer Camp Website. Camps listed on this webpage will be advertised in a variety of publications throughout the Kalamazoo community. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your camp included! Email Alexis Arocho if you have questions.
ATYP staff will be presenting around the state with topics about gifted education!
- Council for Exceptional Children on March 12 in Grand Rapids on "Fact or Fiction: Myths in Gifted Education"
- Mensa Regional Gathering on April 17 in Southwest Michigan on "Overcoming Digital Distractions"
- Ottawa Spring Gifted Conference on April 23 in Holland on "Organizational Strategies for Gifted Students"