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Silver Lake College Receives $40,000 Community Impact Grant from United Way Manitowoc County

Posted on March 17 2014

Silver Lake College is the proud recipient of a $40,000 Community Impact Grant from United Way Manitowoc County. The grant will help fund Silver Lake College’s Look Ahead Lakers program.

Since forming in 2010, the program has helped more than 750 students in Manitowoc County who are at-risk or from underrepresented populations.

“Thinking about college — especially for first generation, underrepresented and low-income students and families — can be scary. But it doesn’t need to be,” said Tara Wachowski, coordinator for the Look Ahead Lakers program. “With the United Way grant, Silver Lake College and the Look Ahead Lakers program will continue working with Manitowoc County youth and their families to increase academic skills and help them realize that higher education is a realistic and obtainable goal.”

Fifth-graders enter the program by participating in a Silver Lake College campus visit day. During the visit, those students attend college classes, participate in Liberal Arts activities, visit the residence hall, tour campus and connect with college student role models.

As students progress from sixth grade through high school, Silver Lake College student mentors continue to work with them, offering academic assistance, information about higher education and the support needed to make post-secondary education more attainable.

“The Look Ahead Lakers program’s Community Impact Grant application clearly aligns with our educational focus area outcomes as defined by the United Way Manitowoc County Community Impact Committee,” said Tracy Geenen, executive director of United Way Manitowoc County.

The Look Ahead Lakers program offers additional college exploration opportunities such as the March Madness Mini Basketball Camp and Camp Explore.