Featured above are the students from our 2011 CSSC Workshop
at Johnson C. Smith University
College Summit officially began serving young people in South Carolina in April 2006. Jaime Harrison, former COO of College Summit and Special Advisor to Congressman James Clyburn, was instrumental in bringing College Summit to our state. Martha Scott Smith, Director of Public Affairs, Citizenship and Sustainability with AT&T, led local efforts to launch the initiative. Thanks to the extraordinary leadership efforts of Congressman Clyburn, Mr. Harrison, Ms Smith, AT&T, Carolina First, HSBC, Time Warner, Verizon and the Knight Foundation, College Summit South Carolina has served over 4,000 high school students since its’ inception. There are plans underway for a major expansion in 2012.
Throughout South Carolina, school districts face challenges in retaining students through graduation. To reduce the rate of dropouts, one of the solutions South Carolina has identified is to clearly demonstrate a path beyond high school. By fostering a culture in which students see they can shape their futures, College Summit South Carolina will contribute to a reduction in the drop out rate.
During the 2012-13 school year, College Summit South Carolina will serve more than 1600 students in thirteen high schools in six school districts located in five counties as follows:
-Richland County School District One → C.A. Johnson High School, Columbia High School*, Dreher High School*, Eau Claire High School, W.J. Keenan High School, and Lower Richland High School
-Berkeley County Unified School District → Cross High School
-Sumter County Consolidated School District → Sumter High School, Crestwood High School*, Lakewood High School*
-Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three → Lake Marion High School
-Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five → Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
-Hampton County School District Two → Estill High School
-Collectively, the schools we work with have seen a 15% increase in college enrollment rates for low-income students.
-79% of College Summit workshop participants enroll in college, significantly above the national average for low-income high school graduates.
-By 2015, College Summit expects to be serving 4,000 students annually in the South Carolina Region.
-For every dollar a school pays for the program, College Summit raises $6 from colleges, corporations, and philanthropy to cover the total cost. This means College Summit will invest $2.5 to 3 million in each community over the next five years.
Welcome Estill High School!
College Summit South Carolina welcomes Estill High School, Hampton County School District Two, as our newest partner for the 2011-12 school year.> Read more
Peer Leader Academy
There was a spirit of energy and enthusiasm as fifty five + College Summit S.C. Peer Leaders landed on the Midlands Technical College Airport campus for t heir annual Peer Leader Academy. During the event, Peer Leaders began working on a video testimonial that will document their journey through the year- long college admissions process. Students worked with members of the University of S.C.Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity Inc. to create resumes to give them a competitive edge in the job market. Peer Leaders were also given the opportunity to create their own unique FAFSA PINs (personal identification numbers).> Read more
Twenty-five educators from across the state set foot on the campus of South Carolina State University on August 5, 2011 to learn how to prepare the next generation of college-bound students.> Read more
2011 School of the Year: Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Don Cheadle College Summit Founding Spokesman
Learn more about College Summit by watching this informational video.
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