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Countdown to College (C2C) prepares high-schoolers for college!

What is Countdown to College? (English)

Countdown to College (C2C) is a summer college prep program, hosted by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN). serves rising 9th-12th graders. This program is made possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of benefactors.

During C2C, students engage in an enriching immersive experience and they demonstrate academic and social growth throughout. In addition to attending classes, these bright young minds accomplish establishing a routine, engaging in efficient time management, and they begin to craft their resumes. They learn the importance of teamwork, forging meaningful connections, and they even do a bit of networking with benefactors, staff, and faculty.

In addition to academics, C2C students participate in a vast array of activities and outings. On campus, they enjoy activities such as painting, working with stained glass, and having a bonfire with s’mores, as well as robotics, hiking the trails, and a glow dance party, as well as outdoor games and activities at the plaza party, hosted by Advancement, and the Year 4 Science poster presentations (the capstone project for this college credit-bearing class), among other activities. Yes, they earn 6 college credits upon completion of the program! Off campus, outings for different classes included locations in Winona, Rochester, and Wabasha, MN, such as: visiting the Quarry Hill Nature Center and hiking the trails; the Eagle Center; Whitewater State Park; Garvin Heights; Cascade Meadows to gather scientific data; the Escape Room Challenge; a hands-on experience at the watershed lab at Winona State University; canoeing, roller skating; and cosmic bowling.

The instructional staff for C2C is primarily Saint Mary’s faculty, though we do have some instructional staff who believe in the program so much and are so wholeheartedly committed to changing the trajectory of our C2C students’ lives for the better, that they travel each year from as far as Arizona, Montana, and Tennessee. Since 2010, 195 students have completed the C2C program, 18 of whom graduated in 2022!

One of our many goals is for students, upon completion of C2C, to continue on to be a college student at Saint Mary’s University. We love it when we can say, “from C2C to four-year degree,” for many who complete this four-year C2C summer program apply for the FGI (First Generation Initiative) Scholarship with their admission to Saint Mary’s as a college student.

Students attending Countdown to College are nominated by their middle and high schools, our partner schools, for admission into the program based on five criteria we outline for selected students. Selected students will receive a Student Information Packet, which they must complete and return to SMUMN.

Interested in learning more? Contact us at C2C@smumn.edu.

Que es Countdown to College (Español)

Countdown to College (C2C) es un programa preparatorio para el colegio presentado por Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN) que sirve a estudiantes entrando a los 9o-12o grados. Este programa es hecho posible gracias a la bondad y generosidad de nuestros benefactores.

Durante C2C, estudiantes participan en una experiencia enriquecedora durante la cual demuestran crecimiento académico y social. Además de atender clases, estas mentes jóvenes brillantes logran establecer una rutina, se empeñan a manejar su tiempo de manera eficiente, y empiezan a crear sus resúmenes. Aprenden la importancia del trabajo en equipo, crean conexiones significativas con sus compañeros, y hasta con benefactores, la facultad, y los empleados de la universidad.

Además de lo académico, estudiantes de C2C participan en un gran despliegue de actividades y excursiones. Aquí en el campus, se disfruta de actividades como la pintura, trabajando con vitral, y teniendo fogatas con malvaviscos, además de la robótica, caminatas por los senderos, y un baile en la noche con palitos brillantes. También se organizan juegos y actividades al aire libre durante la fiesta en la plaza, que es organizado por el Departamento de Avances, y las presentaciones de los estudiantes en su cuarto año para la clase de ciencia (el proyecto remate para esta clase de crédito para el colegio). Si, una vez terminando el programa, ¡los estudiantes ganan 6 créditos universitarios! Fuera del campus, excursiones para diferentes clases incluyen locaciones en Winona, Rochester, y Wabasha, MN, tales como: visitando Quarry Hill Nature Center y explorando sus senderos; el Centro de Aguilas; el Parque Estatal Whitewater; Garvin Heights; Cascade Meadows para coleccionar datos científicos; una sala de escape; experiencia práctica en el laboratorio de cuencas de Winona State University; piragüismo; patinaje sobre ruedas, y el boliche.

El personal instructivo de C2C está comprometido primariamente de la facultad de Saint Mary’s, aunque si tenemos personal instructivo que cree en el programa tanto, y están tan comprometidos con todo el corazón a cambiar la trayectoria de las vidas de los estudiantes de C2C que cada año hasta viajan desde Arizona, Montana, y Tennessee para enseñar. Desde el 2010, 195 estudiantes han completado el programa de C2C, ¡18 de los cuales se graduaron en el 2022!

Una de nuestras varias metas para los estudiantes es que, una vez completando C2C, continúen sus carreras colegiales aquí en Saint Mary’s University. Muchos estudiantes que completan el programa veraniego de C2C de cuatro años aplican para la beca de FGI (First Generation Initiative) con su aplicación a Saint Mary’s como estudiantes colegiales.

Estudiantes atendiendo Countdown to College son nominados por sus escuelas intermedias y secundarias, que son nuestras escuelas compañeras, para entrada al programa basado en 5 criterios que hemos resumido para estudiantes seleccionados. Esos estudiantes recibirán un paquete de información estudiantil, el cual tendrán que completar y regresar a SMUMN.

¿Está interesado en aprender más? Contáctenos C2C@smumn.edu.

Countdown to College prepares students to succeed!

Countdown to College (C2C) is a four-year summer academic boot camp designed for graduates of Saint Mary’s middle school and high school partners:

Lasallian and Catholic schools located in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Racine, Tucson (AZ), and Browning, (MT). These schools serve low income, high-potential Latino, Native American, and African-American students.

Jasmine Benavidez ’21

The C2C program helped me prepare academically for college. Our long classes made me realize that I had to take accountability for my own actions, which would reflect on my grades. It pushed me to take my education seriously.

Shamauri Brown-Young ’20

C2C gave me the perfect idea of how college would be socially and academically

Juan Hernandez ’21

The C2C program helps me transition into college. It prepared me to not be overwhelmed by the increased workload. It also helped me manage my time better.