"Leadership isn't always being loud. If you want to motivate others, you have to listen."
David Kerr, regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T Pennsylvania, offered these words in affirmation of student comments during his July 16 presentation on career readiness, digital reputation and leadership at Lycoming College.
His audience members were the 20 rising high school seniors participating in the inaugural year of Lycoming College Prep, a two-week summer college preparation program funded by a $35,000 contribution from AT&T. The students include representatives from six of the county's high schools, along with peers from Philadelphia, New York City, Texas and California who are enrolled in KIPP and YES Prep, national public charter school networks with which Lycoming has partnered.
"As part of AT&T Aspire, we look for ways to help students make the connection between their high school studies and the skills they will need in the work place," said Kerr. "These students are having a great experience at Lycoming. They are the next generation of technology and business leaders, and we want to help put them on a path to success. With my visit today, I'm glad to help make the connection between school and work."
Lycoming College Prep is designed to introduce high-achieving students from a variety of backgrounds to the liberal arts, campus life, and Lycoming College.
"Our program offers unique academic, educational and social experiences that will create memories that will last a lifetime. We are very grateful to AT&T for their generosity," said Andrew Kilpatrick, dean of first-year students at Lycoming and director of the program.