The Office of College Access Programs will participate in National Summer Learning Day, an event created by the National Summer Learning Association in order to boost awareness about the problem of summer learning loss. When students are out of the classroom for months in the summer, much of what was achieved the previous year is forgotten. Summer learning programs, such as those offered by the Office of College Access Programs’ Global Career and College Readiness Summer Institute, are one way to combat this problem.
The Office of College Access will be hosting an event to highlight this problem and the initiatives undertaken at Fayetteville State University to combat summer learning loss. The Summer Learning Day event will take place on June 20th, from 9am to 1pm at Fayetteville State University (Science & Technology Building, Rm 105). Educators, parents and community citizens are invited to stop by to witness innovative and engaging activities (i.e., robotics, engineering, dissections, etc.) that showcase the summer camps offered by the Global Career and College Readiness Institute.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
Students from low-income backgrounds are disproportionately affected by the problem of summer learning loss. Low-income students frequently do not have the same opportunities as their peers for enrichment during the summer, and they fall behind because of this lack. Summer learning loss is estimated to account for nearly 2/3 of the achievement gap between high- and low- income families in ninth grade reading. Even more worrying, the achievement gap is growing; it is roughly 30 to 40 percent higher for children born in 2001 than for those born 25 years earlier.
For more information about Summer Learning Day or the Global Career and College Readiness Summer Institute taking place at Fayetteville State University, please contact the Office of College Access Programs at (910) 672-1351 or visit our website at www.uncfsu.edu/cap.
The Office of College Access Programs’ mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a post –secondary education. The Office of College Access Programs is comprised of federally funded programs that include GEAR UP, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound (Classic), Upward Bound Math & Science, AmeriCorps VISTA and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The office provides college preparatory services to students, parents, and educators in Cumberland County, Hoke County, and Robeson County.