Lycoming College receives $165,000 for college preparation summer program

Twenty students recently completed the two-week residential program, Lycoming College Prep, a pre-collegiate enrichment program that brings high-achieving, first-generation rising seniors from across the nation to Lycoming College. Now in its sixth year, the program’s goal is to give students a hands-on introduction to a liberal arts and sciences education and the vibrancy of campus life.

AT&T gifted Lycoming College this year’s contribution of $25,000, bringing its total support of the program to $165,000. Program applicants are accepted from school districts in Lycoming County, as well as Lycoming’s partnership schools and organizations (KIPP, MOSTe, Noble, Say Yes and Yes Prep). All participants’ costs are covered in full, including travel, housing in Asbury Hall, meals, snacks, school supplies and field trips. Participants had the opportunity to select one of two courses offered during the program, for which they earned two academic credits.

David Broussard, assistant professor of biology, presented Fossils, Geologic Time, and Earth History: Exploring and Discovering Extinct Organisms and Ancient Ecosystems, and Christopher Pearl, associate professor of history, presented The Historian’s Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction. Students also attended presentations and workshops offered by members of the faculty, staff, alumni, current students and members of the business community. Kerr presented a workshop to the students about career readiness and leadership.

In addition to learning in the classroom and gaining helpful tips for their college application process, participants enjoyed off-campus adventures such as a cruise down the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha paddleboat, an excursion to a Williamsport Crosscutters game at Historic Bowman Field, a trip to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, dinner at The Stonehouse and a tour of the Little League International Headquarters.

Students also completed a community service project for residents at The Williamsport Home. The two-week program concluded with a banquet and awards ceremony hosted by Lycoming College president Kent Trachte, and his wife, Sharon Trachte, at their home.