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What is CPP

The purpose of College Prep Programs (CPP) is to promote P-20 student success and post-secondary education, from college awareness to college readiness, through academics, career exploration, civic engagement, college-life and leadership development for students from low-income and first generation college-attending families in New Mexico and across the country.

College Prep Outreach Activities

The College Prep Outreach operates during both the fall and spring semesters.Outreach events promote leadership development and teambuilding, specifically through cooperative games and low ropes facilitated by Educational Mentor/Tutors (EMTs) on UNM’s campus as well as off site at schools and community organizations, in addition to mentoring and tutoring, to promote student success and post-secondary education.

College Prep Programs (CPP) hires and trains Educational Mentors/Tutors (EMTs) to visit and collaborate with different schools and community partners throughout Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. The EMTs are an integral part of the program not only because they are the engine that makes the program function, but also because they serve as role models for the students with whom they work. EMTs come from different backgrounds and have personally experienced some of the same challenges their protégées are currently experiencing. Through mentoring and motivating the youth at the different schools, our EMTs are setting an example of success. EMTs are selected based on their experience, desire to work with students, and their academic excellence.

Outreach events are multifaceted and applicable to a wide variety of individuals. Outreach consists of: the low ropes course, cooperative games, as well as assistance with college awareness and readiness through presentations and workshops. Throughout the academic year different schools and/or community organizations request to work with CPP and participate in the low ropes course or the cooperative games. These two components are open to any group P-20.*

  • Cooperative Games or initiative games are used to test a group's ability to communicate with each other, follow directions, and work together to solve a mentally difficult problem. Also, other games that contribute to build a sense of team and cooperation are used to accomplish this. The specific game is chosen depending on the need of the particular group participating and their age level. They often include warm-up activities that develop the basic skills which will be utilized during low ropes course elements as well as follow-up conversations, or processing, to allow the group to discuss how the games can be used in future to help the group work better as a team.
  • Low Ropes Course strives to address trust, compromise, and problem solving that enable individuals and groups to grow and benefit from a supportive group situation. The course consists of 17 elements constructed from poles, cables, ropes, and concrete blocks which are 12-18 inches off the ground. The completion of each element requires the energy and effort of each and every team member.
  • College awareness and readiness presentations and workshops- Topics include scholarships, resume writing, college application process, FAFSA, and career interests, writing a personal statement, interview skills and campus tours.
  • To request programming

*Because of safety and effectiveness, CPP can currently only offer cooperative games for participants in 3rd grade and older and the low ropes course for 6th grade and older.

 


College Readiness Program

Overview

The College Readiness Program consists of three components: a 3 day, 2 night summer session, twice monthly Saturday seminars and weekly meetings with a personal Educational Mentor Tutor on the UNM campus, which take place throughout the participants’ senior year of high school.

  • Summer Session

    College Readiness Participants will live on campus for 3 days/2 nights and experience the academic and social life the university offers. The summer session consists of a philanthropy activity, college readiness preparation workshops and presenters, leadership skills activities, and team building exercises.

  • Senior Year Monthly Seminars

    Participants are required to attend two (2) monthly Saturday seminars on campus throughout their senior year where continuous information and help is offered with the goal of successfully matriculating every participant in a post-secondary education institution. The seminars cover topics such as the college application process, financial aid options and application processes, career exploration, college exploration, how to write a resume, cover letter, and personal statement. Students are also guided through the application process for scholarships such as the Daniel’s Fund Scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarship. Participation in the program does not guarantee being a recipient of either scholarship.

  • Senior Year Meetings With Educational Mentor Tutors

    Students meet with their Educational Mentor/Tutor (EMT) who provides one-on-one help with scholarship searches and processes, financial aid and any other help the student might need. Students meet with their EMT once every other week on the UNM Campus.

  • Dual-Enrollment
    All College Readiness Program Participants who successfully complete our program will receive 6 elective college credits and 2 (1 per semester) elective high school credit*. This is a new component to our program and a great opportunity for students to earn college and high school credit and learn the skills for becoming a successful college student. *With eligible schools.

Eligibility

  • Currently be a Junior in a high school at the time of application.
  • Be considered low income by the standards of the US Department of Education.
  • Students must be nominated by their high school academic counselor/school official during the spring semester of the student’s junior year.
  • At the time of nomination student must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Must participate in the College Readiness Summer Residential Program. Summer Dates-Early Jume
  • Must follow through with the requirements discussed in the mandatory parent/student meeting. Late April Early May.
  • 2015-2016 Applications available February 2015
Application Form (pdf)

Summer College Prep Program

Summer College Prep Programs (SCPP) provide various residential sessions for middle and high students to experience post-secondary education through academic courses, career exploration, civic engagement, college life and leadership development.

During June and July, Summer College Prep Programs (SCPP) host almost 1,000 middle and high school students participate in various residential camps with local, state and national partners. Below is a list of the programs which are generally offered during the summer sessions. By clicking on the program name you will find a brief description of each program including: eligibility requirements and access to applications.

Contact Information

  • College Prep Programs
  • 1 University of New Mexico
  • University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 250
  • MSC 02 1630
  • Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • Phone: 505-277-0401
  • Fax: 505-277-3165

Staff

  • Stacy Daniels-Collier
  • Graduate Assistant (College Readiness)
  • Email: stacyd@unm.edu
 

Natural High Programming Request


College Prep Program Division of Student Affairs University of New Mexico

The purpose of College Prep Programs (CPP) is to promote P-20 student success and post-secondary education, from college awareness to college readiness, through academics, career exploration, civic engagement, college-life and leadership development for students from low-income and first generation college-attending families in New Mexico and across the country.

Graduation
College Prep Programs tracks graduation rates for all youth programs. Because youth participants are so young, graduation rates reflect only those students eligible up to the current program year.

Research
CPP programs promote college readiness through student projects. Projects range from researching and preparing for mock trials to researching the effects of energy production on Latino/a families in the U.S. These projects facilitate college preparation by teaching the skills necessary for students to perform undergraduate-level research, such as research planning, literature review, synthesis, and analysis.

Higher Education Enrollment
Like graduation rates, College Prep Programs tracks higher education enrollment for all youth programs. Because participants are so young when they enter the programs, graduation rates reflect only those students eligible up to the current program year.

NM Achievement Gaps
College Prep Programs provides workshops and pre-college preparation focusing on addressing the challenges faced by low-income first-generation students. Many of CPP’s students, being low-income and first-generation, also come from underrepresented communities. The College Prep Programs utilize the power of mentors and tutors to reach students on an individual level concurrent with group activities and programs. During the summer months CPP hosts over-night camps to aid in college preparation, skills building, and leadership development. During the academic year CPP works one-on-one with students in the College Readiness Program, assisting with everything from homework to applying for scholarships and colleges.

Student Leadership Development & Career Readiness
A large component of each College Prep Program is leadership development and career readiness. Leadership development workshops, activities, and projects prepare students for Summer programs such as the Summer Law Camp and the National Hispanic Youth Research & Leadership Program focus on preparing students for careers in STEM fields and the judicial system.

P-20 Pipeline & Community Outreach
CPP leverages programs and school districts throughout the state to encourage K-12 students to follow their dreams for college success. In addition to working with youth, CPP promotes parent and family involvement via its College Readiness Program parent workshops.


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Our Mission

The purpose of College Prep Programs (CPP) is to promote P-20 student success and post-secondary education, from college awareness to college readiness, through academics, career exploration, civic engagement, college-life and leadership development for students from low-income and first generation college-attending families in New Mexico and across the country.

Natural High Program (NH) promotes leadership development and teambuilding, specifically through cooperative games and low ropes facilitated by Educational Mentor/Tutors (EMTs) on UNM’s campus as well as off site at schools and community organizations, in addition to presentation on college awareness and readiness

College Readiness (CR) is a program that consists of a summer session, monthly seminars and 1:1 support which take place during students’ senior year of high school.

Summer College Prep Programs (SCPP) provide various residential sessions for middle and high school students to experience post-secondary education through academics, career exploration, civic engagement, college life and leadership development.