UMassGives to Support "Downtown U Pre-College Summer Program"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS) is launching a new program to give area students a chance to earn college credit.  There is a cost for students to participate in the “Downtown U Pre-College Summer Program.”  That’s why UMCS staff members are hoping the community will support its UMassGives campaign to help students pay for these summer classes.

“We are continually looking for ways to provide impactful academic programming in Springfield,” said Daniel Montagna, the UMCS Director of Operations.  “UMassGives is the perfect way for us to kick-off our latest efforts by helping to provide area high school students with financial support towards their participation in UMass summer for-credit programs.”

The “Downtown U Pre-College Summer Program” is designed to help incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from Greater Springfield earn college credit from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students will attend up to two intensive weeks of classes in the heart of Springfield.

“We're helping to keep costs low by having these courses at the Center,” said Montagna.  “Students have the convenience of taking the classes in Springfield while not having the cost of room and board traditionally associated with taking the course at the Amherst campus.”

According to the National Summer Learning Association, students who fall behind over the summer are less likely to graduate from high school or go on to college.  This is especially evident in high-poverty environments where students are also struggling to obtain basic needs like healthy food and safe places to spend their days during the summer months.  This program is a way for the Center to expand its initiatives to build the K-20 educational pipeline and help decrease the “summer slide.”

“We are fortunate to host high school students as part of our ‘College Matters for U Program’ during the academic year,” said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, the UMCS Director of Marketing and Community Relations.  “Connecting these students with pathways to earn college credit is the logical next step and the Downtown U Pre-College Summer Program puts them on that path.”  Students who complete the Program will earn up to 2 credit hours.  Contributions to UMassGives directly support these students, and also support the City of Springfield through the development of its citizens. 

Join the Center for a special UMassGives POWER HOUR on Thursday, April 26th from 3-4 p.m.  If the UMass Center at Springfield raises the most money during the hour, the Center will receive bonus funds to help more students attend the summer program.  You have the Power!

“We would love to see anyone who has a vested interest in the City of Springfield through business, education, family, or any other personal or professional relationship make a contribution.”  Montagna added, “Springfield is on the rise!  There is no better way to provide a meaningful impact than by promoting the education of its residents.”

UMassGives is a 2-day online giving campaign using email, texts, and social media to encourage people to give to UMass Amherst programs and affiliations.  Last year UMassGives raised over $338,000 from more than 5,100 people.  This is the first time the UMass Center at Springfield is participating in UMassGives.

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