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KPS sixth-graders get look at college life at WMU

March 11, 2010

KALAMAZOO--More than 900 Kalamazoo Public School sixth-grade students will descend on the campus of Western Michigan University in March and April to get a first-hand look at college life and the opportunities available through a college education.

The goal of the new WMU/KPS partnership, called Bronco BUDS--Building Unique Dynamic Students--is to encourage early middle school students to set their sights on college and take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise tuition scholarship program.

All of the district's 954 sixth-graders will be transported to WMU for a day to engage in hands-on activities related to choosing a college career and taken on a University tour, including a visit to a classroom and residence hall. They also will eat lunch at a campus dining hall. KPS students will be guided through their college experience by WMU students and staff. Many of the college-student guides are Kalamazoo Promise scholarship recipients themselves.

"Not only do Kalamazoo's young people have the gift of the Kalamazoo Promise, they also have the advantage of living in a community that is home to a major public research university," says WMU President John M. Dunn.

"We're working with our community partners to ensure KPS students become familiar with the opportunities a college education can provide and are comfortable with the idea of being on a campus and accessing the resources that will make them successful. We're looking forward to seeing these sixth-graders on campus many times in the future."

Bronco BUDS is set to be an annual program for KPS sixth-graders and one that is reinforced with programs each year, beginning with the Class of 2016 and continuing as these students move toward high school graduation.

Visit schedule

  • Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts: Monday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 17.
  • Milwood Magnet School Center for Math, Science and Technology: Monday March 22, and Wednesday, March 24.
  • Hillside Middle School: Wednesday, April 7, and Friday, April 9.
  • Linden Grove Middle School: Monday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 14.

For more information, contact Monteze Morales, graduate assistant and coordinator of college visitation activities for the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion at monteze.o.morales@wmich.edu or (269) 387-6325.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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