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June 10, 2011

Jumpstart students taking part in service learning projects


service learning projectsThirty one recently graduated seniors are getting an opportunity to experience “college life” prior to their fall semester by taking part in Cowley College’s summer Jumpstart program, which began June 1 and runs through June 24.

During the 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 learning projects. 

Jumpstart students began painting fire hydrants around town as well as the Christ Died For the Ungodly sign in Arkansas City. They will also put luminaries together for the Relay For Life event and assist with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cowley County.

In addition to the service learning projects, the Jumpstart students recently participated in the Prairie Fest Walk/Run event, will attend a Wichita Wingnuts baseball game later this summer, and will take part in an ice cream social.

In just 24 days, students can earn up to 11 credit hours in a fun, safe, learning environment complete with all the college life experiences.

“The best thing about the program is it allows students to get a jump start on their college career,” director of admissions Lory West said. “The credits they are earning will go towards their degree and give them a good start on their general education classes.”

Jumpstart students can choose from the following class offerings: English, Composition 1, Computer Applications, Public Speaking, Pre-Algebra Mathematics, Elementary Algebra, Principles of Sociology, Interpersonal Communication, Basic First Aid, General Psychology, Theatre Appreciation, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Physical Conditioning, and U.S. History to 1877.

An optional certified peer education course is also being offered for one credit hour. The course is designed for students interested in human relationship professions or who want to become a nationally certified peer educator.