COVID-19 Updates for Summer Camps

Below are a few important notes for those involved with creating summer camps on WMU's campus:  

  1. The Pre-College Committee is planning to have a spring semester meeting via WebEx; the date for that meeting will be determined shortly.    
  2. The University has not yet made a decision on whether on-campus/in-person 2021 summer camps will be permitted.  We will keep you posted on any official updates we receive from the University regarding this decision.    
  3. In the interim, please email us with the current plans for your summer program so that we can update our summer camp website and so that the University is aware of which summer programs are being considered. You can notify our office of your summer program plans by emailing Alexis Arocho at Within the email, please provide any changes to your summer camp name and description, as well as plans to have your program in person, in person and virtual, just virtual, or if you are canceling your summer camp(s) this year.    
  1. If you have not yet registered this year’s summer camp through our website, please also update your annual required registration through the website ASAP. This allows us to keep our camp information up to date:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,  

Erika Carr, Ph.D. 

MI GEAR UP grant will support education awareness and readiness

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity secures federal funds to support initiative that benefits economically-disadvantaged Michiganders

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded $28 million – $4M per year over the course of the next seven years – by the U.S. Department of Education for the Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) efforts aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

“The continuation of MI GEAR UP is another tool that allows us to help prepare more Michiganders on their pathway to rewarding careers and bigger paychecks,” LEO Acting Director Susan Corbin. “It’s also another tool that helps us achieve the state’s Sixty by 30 goal, ensuring 60% of working-age Michiganders have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030 so that our great state is well-positioned for long-term economic growth.”

MI GEAR UP increases students’ awareness of the prerequisites to enter into a postsecondary education by providing college exposure, information on financial aid and admissions, and helping to build the critical thinking, test taking and study skills necessary to be successful as they continue their education.

“Through MI GEAR UP, we partner with Michigan’s 15 public universities and other key community partners to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component to help students succeed,” LEO Employment and training Director Stephanie Beckhorn said. “Throughout the process, we serve a cohort of students, beginning in the seventh grade and follow them through the first two years of college.” Western Michigan University's Office of Pre-College is one of those partners.