Creating pathways for future Broncos
The Office of Precollege Programming has centralized a few key and long-standing precollege programs comprising of the Academically Talented Youth Program—ATYP, Michigan's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—MI GEAR UP and Upward Bound. The office provides comprehensive and inclusive youth outreach services throughout Southwest Michigan.
The office provides leadership and direction, especially in regard to minors on campus policies and procedures, for individuals, programs and units at Western Michigan University involved in outreach with precollege students while at the same time serving as a campus wide resource and area of support.
A key objective for the office is to leverage internal and external resources to maximize the engagement and enrollment of precollege students while modeling best practices in the field of college access.
The university has made the decision that in-person summer camps may be held on campus this summer. To receive permission you must:
- Register your summer camp through Office of Pre-College Programming’s website. All programs must review and update, as necessary, their information annually through this website.
- Submit a safety plan for your summer camp. This plan will be reviewed and potentially approved by the WMU COVID-19 team. In order to secure approval before summer begins please submit those plans as soon as possible. You cannot operate your summer camp without this approval.
- Follow all expectations as outlined previously in the Minors on Campus Policy including training, background checks, and filling out admission data cards.
- Faculty and staff working youth summer camps are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Instructions were sent which included a spreadsheet to all known summer programs. Contact the PreCollege Programming office for instructions.
- Summer camps may also be allowed in the Residence Halls and will be evaluated on a case by case basis. If your camp has housing needs, please contact Roshona Porter, Associate Director of Residence Life.
- Please note changes in camp plans may be required if requirements from the State of Michigan changes once a camp is approved, please be prepared to respond to changing conditions with COVID-19.
For more information on in person summer camps or any of the processes outlined above, please contact the Office of PreCollege Programming at (269) 387-2773 or via email. There is additional information on youth outreach including sample required forms for summer camps available on the website.
Reading, writing and refreshing web browsers are daily challenges for kids navigating virtual learning during the pandemic, but a Western Michigan University program provides struggling students a place to find support. The University's Office of Precollege Programming offers free drop-in virtual tutoring sessions for middle and high school students in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).
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.
- Office of Pre-College Programming (General) – 269-387-2773, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College Day Program – 269-387-3339, email@example.com
- ATYP – 269-387-3553, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upward Bound Kalamazoo – 269-387-3357, email@example.com
- Upward Bound VanBuren – 269-387-3357, firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, most of our services have transitioned from in-person to remote deliver, and staff continues to work diligently to provide services through a variety of methods.
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.