OCC’s Summer Success Academy once again helped students get a head start on college. The five-week program acclimated students to the college environment so they were well-positioned for success at the start of the fall semester.
Students took classes in the morning and participated in various activities during the afternoon. Activities included a ropes course, discussions about life skills, visits to SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego and conversations with current and former students including Dr. Emad Rahim. Dr. Rahim is a graduate of Fowler High School who came to OCC, conquered a learning disability and earned advanced degrees from Colorado Tech, Tulane and Harvard University. Today he is an endowed chair and project director at Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. Earlier this year, the American Association of Community Colleges honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award, one of only five given out nationally.
A total of 47 students took part in the Summer Success Academy, 40 of whom will be freshmen at OCC this fall.
The Summer Success Academy is the focus of the latest edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.” We’ll introduce you to Marcus Watts, Director of our Educational Opportunity Program who also oversees the Summer Success Academy. You will also meet Yanira Rodriguez, a 2017 Henninger High School graduate who will be a freshman and Criminal Justice major at OCC.
Enjoy the podcast!