Reaching Out To Future Owls
As we continue our work to support our current students, it is important that we also look to help create a path to higher education success for future potential Owls. During this summer, current KSU students and faculty/staff are offering community programs that make a positive impact and provide high school students with opportunities to learn and prepare for their future.
- KSU TRiO Summer Academy
KSU’s Upward Bound program at the Paulding Site offered a Summer Academy for underrepresented and underserved students from area high schools. The program, which ran through early July, introduced students to STEM disciplines. Some of KSU’s mechatronics and mechanical engineering students helped students as they learned about robotics and coding, which enabled them to program and fly drones.
- GEAR’ing UP for College Summer Camp
This week, Kennesaw State’s CARE Services is hosting a college introduction camp for high school students who have experienced homelessness or have been in the foster care system. As part of the USG’s GEAR UP Georgia initiative, this program enables high school students to live on campus and learn from educational and community organizations about resume building, ACT/SAT prep, finding and applying for scholarships, and the college admissions process, while also engaging in a STEM workshop, and college/career fair.
- STEM Shark Tank
Next week, KSU will host rising 9th and 10th grade girls from Cobb County high schools who will participate in a Shark Tank inspired camp. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, students will work alongside KSU subject matter experts like Roneisha Worthy, assistant professor of Civil and Construction Engineering, to design and build a product to solve a campus problem. They will then present their prototypes to a panel of KSU "sharks."
These initiatives give us a chance to help lay the foundation for the next generation of Owls to achieve success while at the same time giving back to our community.