Lycoming College receives $25,000 for students to participate in college preparation summer program

PHOTOS PROVIDED David Kerr, AT&T executive, presented a workshop at Lycoming College’s college preparation summer camp in July about career readiness and leadership.

Now in its fifth year, Lycoming College Prep is a pre-collegiate program that brings high-achieving, first-generation seniors across the nation to Lycoming College. The goal is to give students a hands-on introduction to a liberal arts education and campus life. 18 students completed the two-week residential enrichment program during July.

AT&T contributed $25,000 to help make this experience possible. Since 2014, AT&T has contributed $140,000 in support of this program.

Applicants are accepted from school districts in Lycoming County and Lycoming’s partnership schools and organizations — KIPP, MOSTe, Noble, Say Yes and Yes Prep.

“By participating in Lycoming College Prep, students will be able to enter their senior year of high school with a clearer understanding of what college life will be like,” said J. Michael Schweder, president at AT&T Mid Atlantic and Lycoming College alumnus. “They also learned new skills and earned academic credits, which will benefit them in whatever they choose to do in the future.”

Students selected one of two courses offered during the program and earned two academic credits. Christopher Pearl, assistant professor of history, presented “The Historian’s Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction,” and Jeremy Ramsey, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “The Scientist’s Beaker: Discovering the Structure and Function of Chemical Compounds.”

Students attended presentations and workshops offered by the faculty, staff, alumni, current students and members of the business community. AT&T executive David Kerr presented a workshop about career readiness and leadership.

Participants also enjoyed off-campus adventures like kayaking down the Susquehanna River, a trip to Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, T&D’s Cats of the World and a tour of the Little League International Headquarters. Students also completed a community service project for residents at West House Personal Care Home in Williamsport.