Partners in Education

OCC Provost Daria Willis speaks with students at the McKinley-Brighton Elementary School.

OCC Provost Daria Willis speaks with students at the McKinley-Brighton Elementary School.

OCC President Casey Crabill and Syracuse Schools Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea sign the partnership banner.

OCC President Casey Crabill and Syracuse Schools Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea sign the partnership banner.

OCC and McKinley-Brighton Elementary School have a new partnership aimed at helping students. The pilot program was kicked off during a celebration at McKinley-Brighton September 16. More than 200 students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades attended the event. A large banner celebrating the partnership was signed by students and administrators.

Throughout the academic year, College representatives will visit the school and help students in a variety of ways by working on arts and creative activities, conducting STEM demonstrations and engaging students in leadership activities. There will also be field trips to the OCC campus for students to enjoy and learn from.

The goal of the partnership is to get students thinking about career opportunities and higher education. “Some people will say that elementary school is early to get to kids, but it’s not,” said Daria Willis, OCC’s Provost. “This is the time that we need to get to them to let them know that college is an option. We’ll be in and out of the building this year supporting the teachers, the students and the parents.”

McKinley-Brighton Elementary is in the Syracuse City School District. It is located on West Newell Street just three miles from campus.

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