Summer Program presents opportunities for Lowndes County students

Published 3:30 pm Friday, March 15, 2024

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Lowndes County Career and Technical Education has announced a remarkable opportunity tailored to the district’s high school juniors (upcoming seniors). 

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) unveiled a pioneering collaboration with Trenholm State Community College and Alabama State University on Feb. 28. 

The organization presented the inaugural historically HBCU (Historically Black college and university) and (historically Black community college) HBCC scholarship, opportunity, advancement, recruitment (SOAR) Summer Camp, a week-long residential program crafted to provide students with an experience centered around college readiness and life skills, equipping them with the resources they need to meet the challenges and opportunities in higher education and beyond. 

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Shameka Baker, Director of career and technical education, said that she is excited for the opportunity for the students of the district and hopes that the students will learn all they can. 

“The HBCU SOAR Summer Camp presents an excellent chance for our students,” Baker said. “We hope to provide them with the opportunity to reside on a college campus without any expenses, all while gaining knowledge about financial literacy and receiving support with the college application and enrollment process for their future endeavors.”

The Summer Camp will take place June 23-28 and will be hosted on the campus of Alabama State University (ASU), featuring activities on the campuses of ASU and Trenholm.

With events hosted on both campuses, students will enjoy a comprehensive experience, gaining exposure to multiple facets of higher education.

Theresa Mays, vice president of student affairs and information services at Trenholm State, expressed her excitement for the new program and looks forward to the partnership. 

“I am truly excited about this partnership with TMCF, Trenholm State, and Alabama State,” Mays said. “This initiative is a transformative journey that instills crucial soft skills and provides academic empowerment paving the way for future successes and personal growth of the students in which we serve.”

The program’s key highlights include immersive experiences such as workshops, on campus exploration and activities. 

The SOAR Summer Camp aims to prepare students for their higher education journey, providing valuable insights, skills, and resources crucial for success.

The application deadline is Apr. 15, and students interested in attending can apply using the TMCF SOAR Application at

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