Penn Valley to host program aimed at preventing summer melt

 

The College Connections Center Open House was heralded for its significance by (left to right): MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell, MCC Chancellor Mark James, MCAC Executive Director Beth Tankersley-Bankhead and MCAC College Transition and Retention Coach and Center Manager Victor Bradford.
The College Connections Center Open House was heralded for its significance by (left to right): MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell, MCC Chancellor Mark James, MCAC Executive Director Beth Tankersley-Bankhead and MCAC College Transition and Retention Coach and Center Manager Victor Bradford.

In this season of graduation, many people may not be aware of a phenomenon known as summer melt. Summer melt impacts high school graduates who have been admitted to college, but fail to attend college in the fall. Many of the students cite a change of mind and financial reasons for not pursuing a college education.

Well a group of institutions across Missouri are joining forces to combat summer melt and assist students in achieving their dreams of a college education. The solution is the College Connections Center will be open June 2-August 1 at MCC-Penn Valley in the Humanities Building.

Students transitioning from high school and ready to start the first year of college can meet for free with guidance counselor, college access coaches and financial aid officers from area colleges and universities. One on one advisement is available on a walk-in basis or by prescheduling an appointment.

An open house was held on Wednesday to commemorate the open house of this pilot program, which was funded Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, MCC-Penn Valley and Missouri College Advising Corps. Partners include: College Bound St. Louis, Kauffman Scholars, MCC-Penn Valley and MCAC.

The keynote speaker at the open house was David Russell, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education. Other presenters included: Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, MCAC Executive Director; Mark James, Metropolitan Community College Chancellor; Joe Seabrooks, MCC-Penn Valley President; and Victor Bradford, MCAC Transition and Retention Coach and Center Manager.

Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell stated the center's focus would help Missouri achieve goals of increasing the number of college graduates statewide.
Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell stated the center’s focus would help Missouri achieve goals of increasing the number of college graduates statewide.
MCAC Executive Director Beth Tankersley-Bankhead shared the center's vision for making the dream of a college education achievable for low-income students.
MCAC Executive Director Beth Tankersley-Bankhead shared the center’s vision for making the dream of a college education achievable for low-income students.