Hi, I’m Diane Jarvi and I am serving in Marquette, Michigan through a partnership between the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD), Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) and Marquette-Alger College Access Network (MACAN). I am thrilled to be working as the Transition Coordinator for the newly formed Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC). Students who enroll in a middle college defer their high school diplomas for a year in exchange for a significant number of free college credits. MATMC is partnering with Northern Michigan University (NMU) to offer courses in the Health Sciences and Industrial Maintenance fields.
The mission of MATMC is to make a college degree a possibility to those students who otherwise would not have pursued a post-secondary education. It targets students who have traditionally been underserved, especially those who are unengaged and at-risk of dropping out of high school, economically disadvantaged, and first generation college students. A key component of the program is the gradual transition from high school to college and a support curriculum that addresses college readiness, employability and social maturity skills.
In my role as Transition Coordinator, I am developing and testing the “Success Seminar” curriculum and assisting in the development of the college readiness curriculum and early warning system to meet the requirements of the Michigan Early College Association rubric. I am also working to facilitate partnerships between the high school counselors and NMU Academic Advising and Student Services staff.
My first few months have been busy. I had the privilege of participating in the interview and selection process for the first cohort. I developed Study Skills and Employability Skills Self-Assessments and a student journal as well as units on goal setting, time management, and public speaking. I’ve also been working on promotional materials for the project. The students worked in small groups to generate ideas for the MATMC logo that refined into a design that they voted to accept. I have also completed the first phase of an informational web site (www.matechmc.org) and produced a one-page promotional flyer.
I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to shape this innovative and important program. I am looking forward playing a part in the success and expansion of the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College.
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