36 YEARS OF CHANGING LIVES
We've created a challenging and demanding summer college orientation for minority and at-risk students with some disadvantage, that enhances the attributes of strong students, as well as motivate marginal performers, instilling in them success-oriented habits. High expectations, candid and immediate feedback, and an environment of honesty and dignity breeds success. Those are the foundations of COW, which are accentuated by the rigorous, spartan, and demanding environment at VMI. That's what we've done for 36 years.
Math, English, & Financial Literacy classes are taught by experienced faculty and professionals.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
An integral part of the program is learning invaluable life skills like time management, goal setting, & networking.
COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING
All participants recieve one on one and group coaching, which continues after participants graduate.
Participants are exposed to visits to other universities, museums, and artistic presentations to expand their horizons.
OUR KEY PROGRAM ELEMENTS
COST TO STUDENTS
There is no charge to the students selected to the program, since in most cases, neither the participant nor his family has the resources to cover the costs. It is a fundamental tenet of the COW program that, within the constraints of the enrollment limits, lack of economic resources should not prevent a deserving student from participating in COW.
To provide promising students from challenging backgrounds across the United States opportunities and tools that will prepare them to achieve success during their high school careers, in college, and beyond.
The residential component provides the flavor of the college experience, that fosters self discipline, effective time management, and provides a direct linkage between individual choices and outcomes.
The program is conducted at The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, and utilizes the extensive facilities of the college. Although COW is an independent and separate program, it is patterned after the disciplined VMI educational model. COW participants reside in the barracks and are required to live under the same high standards and the Code of Honor as those students who attend summer school at VMI.
CATALYST FOR CHANGE
A large percentage of the participants may be considered "at-risk" of failing to achieve their positive potential, absent some significant catalyst for change in their lives. For many, COW has been that catalyst.
Continuous, constructive coaching & feedback are fundamental tenets that reinforce high standards, and drives success-oriented behaviors.