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Activating Interest in Minority Students
Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Western Kentucky University is responsible for the coordination and implementation of Project: A.I.M.S. The staff consists of Ms. Jackie Pillow, Director and Mr. Karlos Harbor Coordinator in addition to other student and community volunteers.
It is the intention of Project:A.I.M.S. to assist middle school students and their families with preparing properly, academically and financially, for higher education. Participants are involved in enrichment programs and activities at Western Kentucky University in addition participating in field trips and collaborative programs with other GMSCPP programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each Saturday Enrichment Program focuses on activities that assists the participants in developing personal and academic skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education.
The purpose of these enrichment programs is to foster the participants' learning in various areas and for them to leave each session with a new knowledge and experiences that are adaptable to many functions and domains in life. Students engage in interactive activities, participate in field trips, and attend cultural programming in which parents are invited to attend. Select participants attend the summer cultural and enrichment component designed to broaden students' horizons by exposing them to cultural, educational, and professional possibilities. The Educational and Cultural Field Trip has included wonderful excursions to Michigan, Canada, North Carolina, Indiana, Georgia, and Ohio in the past. Students who have participated have truly enjoyed the experience and it has become an anxiously awaited event each year.