Nonprofit group’s class teaches youths basic skills for college

Aug 4, 2014 by

Marcus Davis admits that he didn’t try as hard as he should have in high school and often skipped class, got into fights and hung out with the wrong crowd. “I messed up,” he said.

But, after leaving his third high school without a diploma, Davis decided he wanted a higher degree and signed up for a course that would help him adjust to college life and give him two credits.

“It feels like this is my best chance to get back on track,” the 21-year-old said.

It feels like this is my best chance to get back on track. – Marcus Davis, student

Davis is one of about 25 students taking the course being taught by administrators from West Los Angeles College and the Brotherhood Crusade, a nonprofit organization in the South Park area. To be eligible, students do not need to be admitted to a college, but have to express an interest in attending.

Last year, all 14 students who took the free course enrolled in a two-year college, according to Ray Ivey, the Brotherhood Crusade’s college and career ambassador who also teaches the course. Most attended West Los Angeles College, Ivey said.

The goal of the six-week course, which is partially paid for by city funding, is to help students adjust to college life. A recent session covered basic studying and test-taking skills. During the lecture, Jawell Samilton, an associate professor of counseling at West Los Angeles College, suggested that some of them might benefit from reading their notes aloud or underlining or highlighting key points.

“Everyone learns differently,” he said. “You have to find out what works for you.”

via Nonprofit group’s class teaches youths basic skills for college – LA Times.

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