Access to College Day
See what college life is like! Puget Sound professors and representatives from campus departments explain the college admission process, financial aid, how to use the campus library, academic support services, study abroad programs, and more. The day includes a tour of campus and the chance to meet and talk with current Puget Sound students. This has been a great success and a collaborative effort lead by Access Programs in partnership with Puget Sound faculty members, UWT, College Success Foundation, Slater Museum, Collins Memorial Library, CICE, Kids Can Do!, Upward Bound, TRiO, and ASUPS. Students heard from several of our student body leaders from Access Programs, attended presentations about Collins Memorial Library provided by Eli Gandour-Rood, Science Liaison Librarian, heard from Admission Counselors about admissions process, and Racheal Gary hosted an Essay Writing workshop.
Puget Sound students work with Access Program students to tackle tough subjects and help with homework, teaching effective study habits that will serve students throughout their academic careers. Tutors are trained in cultural competency, confidentiality, and issues related to working with minors, enabling them to build rapport with their students, and allowing the students to interact comfortably with their tutors in a college setting. Tuesday Night Tutoring is open to students in grades 7-12. Tutoring takes place on our campus from 5-7pm and volunteers are from our Puget Sound student body. Our volunteers are successful in helping students understand multiple ways of approaching subjects. As well as being integral in helping students raise their grades, volunteers act as mentors guiding students as they navigate through complex adjustments in school. This year we provided training through Erin Jones, the AVID Director of Tacoma Public Schools. During AY 2014-15 we hosted a total of 24 tutoring sessions and serve an average of 15 students every Tuesday night.