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Teachers learn strategies for preparing students for college at Macomb Community College conference

– Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:00AM

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan grant supports conference and two weeklong writing camps for students

Nearly 50 teachers and administrators from the Macomb County Intermediate School District (MISD) joined representative from higher education institutions from throughout the metro area at Macomb Community College’s Mapping Terrains & Navigating Bridges. Participants shared teaching strategies and techniques to better prepare high school students for the reading and writing requirements of a higher education.

Held at the MISD in Clinton Township, the teachers attending the conference shared what is already being done to prepare these students, identified gaps in their programs, and discussed ways to amend curriculum to better align primary education with college expectations.

“Many students who look to head off to college are unprepared for what will be expected of them as they move on in their education,” said Brett Griffiths, director, Reading and Writing Studios, Macomb Community College. “The information shared in this seminar will help teachers find new ways to help these students succeed.”

Presenters at Mapping Terrains were from Macomb Community College, Oakland University, University of Michigan – Dearborn, Henry Ford College and Eastern Michigan University.

At the end of July, Macomb Community College will launch Leap to College, two weeklong summer camps for students age 15 – 18, which are designed to help them understand and prepare for the reading and writing challenges of a college education. These students, with grade point averages between 1.5 and 2.9, will learn how college instructors identify good writing, why writing expectations vary across disciplines and how to adapt to college writing expectations.  The sessions will help these soon-to-be first-year college students develop strategies and the skills for long-term success. The first camp will be held July 31 through Aug. 4, with the second camp Aug. 7 through 11. To sign up for either camp, students should contact their high school guidance counselor or for more information, email Brett Griffiths at

Both of the programs are funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The two-year $45,450 grant is dedicated to supporting intensive reading and writing coaching programs for high school students in Macomb County, as well as activities at the college’s Reading and Writing Studios.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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