ERIC Number: ED353002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Minorities for Technical Higher Education.
Young, Dale A.
In 1979, Stark Technical College (STC) in Canton, Ohio, launched the Project for Academic Excellence (PAX) with the overall objective of identifying minority elementary and junior high school students of at least average ability and motivating them to prepare for higher education. During the academic year, PAX operates two 10-week Saturday School sessions for students in grades 3 through 9, emphasizing the basics of math and science, communication skills, self-awareness, and multicultural appreciation. Current enrollment is between 75 to 100 students per session. A Summer Institute, with classes in science, reading, math, and study skills, was initiated in 1982, with enrollment limited to students in grades 7 through 10. The broad goals of PAX are to prepare black youth for technical and professional jobs and to prevent juvenile delinquency through development of a positive self-identity. PAX instructors, comprised largely of STC faculty, work on a volunteer basis. All program staff are encouraged to develop an understanding of black culture through recommended readings and by attending cultural events. Another summer program, STRIVE (Study, Think, Investigate, Volunteer, and Excel), was initiated by STC and a local community association. The program includes instruction in math, science, speech writing, black history, and self-esteem, as well as a college-experience segment and a tutor training component. Appendixes include student and teacher applications, promotional materials, home study guides, evaluation forms, class schedules, and budget tables. (PAA)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Black Students, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, High School Students, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Development, Self Esteem, Study Skills, Summer Programs, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stark Technical Coll., Canton, OH.