High school students get “Jump Start” on college with new program

Participants earn college credit in pre-med coursework | June 16, 2003

While many high school juniors and seniors eagerly anticipate college life, a new Xavier program is bringing high school juniors from around the country to Xavier to get a “Jump Start” on the college experience. On Saturday, June 14, 13 students arrived for Xavier’s new Jump Start program. The participants are living in Husman Residence Hall, eating in the Hoff Dining Hall and have full access to all the recreational, educational and social amenities available to Xavier students. The participants come to Xavier from as far away as Seattle. During the two-week program, the students are taking classes in Albers Hall with an academic concentration in pre-med. The Jump Start students are also participating in other activities, including work with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 21. Upon completion of the program, students receive three college credits from Xavier that can be applied towards a degree at Xavier or transferred to another university. This is the first year for the program. “Jump Start is a great way for college-bound students to prepare for their future,” said Lori L. Wright, assistant director and coordinator of Xavier’s community outreach and early awareness programs. For more information, contact Krista Warner at 513 745-3601 or visit the Jump Start web site.