THE PROGRAMLatino/a/x students in the Phoenix-Talent and Medford School Districts, in partnership with their own families, the school district, and the university, will begin a journey in the fall of their 8th grade year that, when successfully completed, will lead to admission to Southern Oregon University and the opportunities provided by a university education.
Southern Oregon University and the Phoenix-Talent and Medford School Districts are committed to working together to increase opportunities that support Latino/a/x/ students as they gain the skills to access post-secondary opportunities. This partnership leverages a wide range of resources to prepare 8th grade students for high school success and college readiness by providing a continuing support structure of social and family assistance, academic support, mentorship and strategic programming through 12th grade.
Students who successfully complete the Pirates to Raiders and Medford to Raiders programs will be offered automatic admission to SOU, receive priority consideration for the Diversity Scholarship and will have an accelerated opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition, SOU has longitudinally committed to provide scholarships for students pursuing the master’s teaching program at SOU. By creating these enhanced pathways, we can ensure an upwardly viable future for young Latino students, the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon.
VisionPirates to Raiders and Medford to Raiders will assure every Latino/a/x student in the districts have the ability to access a university education at Southern Oregon University. As the Latino/a/x population in the school district continues to grow, it is our responsibility to provide educational opportunities beyond high school for those students. A partnership of students, their families, the school district, and the university will help to ensure a strong and viable future for both the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon. This partnership will leverage resources to prepare students for college course work as well as provide assistance and mentoring through application and financial aid processes.
GoalsProgram Goal: Provide students with the sustained motivation and skills to successfully complete high school. Prepare students for college course work, as well as provide social assistance, academic support, mentorship and strategic programming.
Parent Outreach Goal: Expand parent engagement in student education. Improve the overall process for Latino families by providing useful information, appropriate services, and the array of resources necessary to guide their student into a pathway of success.
Student Outreach Goal: Provide specific services and framework for academic growth, leadership, high school graduation and a successful post-secondary launch.
OutcomesTo improve the college admissions process for families of our Hispanic students by providing information, services, and the resources to help Latino students and their families.
To increase the number of Latino student who graduate from high school.
To increase the number of Latino students who will successfully attend a university.
To increase the number of Latino students who earn a bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degrees.
To increase the number of bi-cultural and bilingual teachers in the Rogue Valley.
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