College Awareness Program Goes South to Offer College Opportunities

Front Row, left to right: Jenny Peacock, Admissions Director, William Peace University; Ke-Ana Booker, Oakland Technical High School; Devin Kennix, Kinney High School; Tiffany Tramel, Armijo High School; Kevin Rist, Admissions Counselor, William Peace University; Back Row, left to right: Kai-Alexis Harris-Dudley, Aspire Benjamin Holt College Prep; Toni McIntyre, San Lorenzo High School; Kayla Simmons, Oakland Military Institute; Martin King, Kipp King Collegiate High School.

By Shani A. Provost

The College Awareness Program (CAP) of Oakland kicked off its weeklong “college awareness experience” on March 30.
Seven local high school juniors and seniors, along with their chaperones, traveled to Alabama and North Carolina to visit several schools, which included Stillman College, Johnson C. Smith University, Davidson College, Queens College, William Peace University and Shaw University.
Founded in 1992, the College Awareness Program exposes high school students to higher education opportunities through regular workshops during the school year and visits to some of the country’s smaller Historically Black Colleges and Universities/racially ethnic colleges and universities and small liberal arts colleges related to the Presbyterian Church.
CAP is unique in that it offers students the opportunity to travel to different college campuses and experience college life for a week. During this experience, students live in dorms, eat at campus eateries, sit in on classes, and attend special events.
Students also meet with academic advisors to review each student’s transcript, test scores, and letters of recommendation   in an onsite admissions interview. Several of the seniors learned of their admittance and offers of scholarships.
“This experience is one of the hallmark components of the College Awareness Program,” said College Awareness Program co-founder Lorraine K. Provost.
Students also visited local attractions. “One of the most memorable experience[s] was visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.   It’s one thing to read about our history, but totally different to see it up close,” said Oakland native and high school senior Kayla Simmons.