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At-risk students to get ‘Jump Start’ at Mont Alto next week

8/13/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto is preparing to welcome 26 new students and their 10 peer mentors to campus next week for an early orientation experience. The Jump Start program is optional for first-generation and/or minority students, those most at risk. Mont Alto first introduced the program a year ago.

Each Jump Start participant has been paired with a trained peer mentor to support them in their transition to college and help them to better know the campus and its many services. During their extended orientation next week, students will participate in Math and English classroom experiences and other sessions to prepare them for the classroom experience including practical study tips, time management, understanding syllabi, classroom etiquette and professor politics, financial aid, and more.
 
During the academic year, the students will be enrolled in key courses with fellow Jump Start students, meet regularly with their peer mentors and receive individualized academic support with a Learning Specialist. 
 
“The overall goal of the program is to raise their academic preparedness,” says Kendra Wolgast, director of Mont Alto’s Academic Support Center. “We also want to increase the retention rate of our at-risk student population.” The program is funded by University grants.
 
The new academic year will commence at Penn State Mont Alto on Monday, August 23.

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