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June 22, 2010


Jumpstart program grows in second year at Cowley

With 31 students taking part in the first-ever Jumpstart program at Cowley College, 50 students from 21 high schools in five states participated in the second year of the Jumpstart program. 
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The program, which began last summer, was designed for recently graduated high school seniors to earn college credit during the month of June. In this one month program, students are enrolled in a full-time summer schedule, live in the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in group activities and service projects. 
Students in the program, which ends Friday, will earn 10 hours of college credit through the program by taking different courses. An optional 11th hour was offered by taking part in the Peer Educator Certification program on Sunday evenings.
“It’s exciting to see how they have grown from when they first got here to now,” said Sue Saia, program coordinator/vice president of student affairs at Cowley College. “They have made some lasting friendships.”
Jumpstart students have worked at Habitat for Humanity, the Burford Theatre project, Prairie Fest, the City of Arkansas City, the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, Medicalodges, Chaplin Nature Center, Cumbernauld Village, the Humane Society, and the Arkansas City Senior Center.     
In addition to the service projects, some of the Jumpstart students recently participated in the Prairie Fest 5K and 1 mile fun run, Prairie Fest sand volleyball tournament, Relay for Life, and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Derby.
The students also got to play soccer, badminton, dodgeball, and take part in a dance clinic during the physical education portion of the program, which will conclude with an awards ceremony/luncheon Friday at noon in the McAtee Dining Center.

The Jumpstart students will be attending various colleges this fall, with more than half of them planning to attend Cowley.
“This served as a good opportunity to get to know them before they come to school here,” Saia said. “It was nice to develop a relationship with them. I am sure I will even keep in touch with the ones who are going off to other schools.”
The program attracts most of its students from Oklahoma and Kansas but also has participants from as far away as California and Virginia. 
For more information about the Jumpstart Program, contact Sue Saia at 620-441-5274.