WE CAN Summer Program participants with their certificates from the closing ceremony.

The University of Arkansas Cossatot Center for Student Success held its first WE CAN summer student success program on the De Queen Campus at the beginning of June 2018, for Howard and Sevier County high school juniors and seniors.

The purpose of the WE CAN summer program is to allow minority high school students time and space to be inspired and encouraged to explore higher education and career options.

UA Cossatot Student Ambassadors served as mentors and group leaders for the event. Students attending were eligible to win a laptop, tablet, $250 UA Cossatot tuition waiver, and fully loaded backpack.

Each day began at 9 a.m. and included motivational speakers, college life workshops, team challenges, and games. Topics discussed were career and college options, life balance, fearlessness, authenticity and self-confidence, and the importance of having an education.

Guest speakers included UA Cossatot Alumna and Wadley Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Martega Walton, UA Cossatot RAMP Coordinator Tommi Cobb, Nashville High School Football Coach AJ Whitmore, Howard Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Alesha Collins, and Pilgrim’s Pride representative Brody Funderburk.

Student projects included students developing action plans to help minimize their personal ecological footprint in their daily lives. Day activities ended with the “UAC Olympics,” where students worked in teams to compete in archery, cross country, kickball, and a blindfold maze.

The program concluded with an awards ceremony dinner for students and their families, where students were recognized for their participation in the WE CAN program.

In 2019, The Center for Student Success plans to expand the WE CAN summer program to the UA Cossatot Nashville campus and host a kids camp on the De Queen campus.

For more information, contact UA Cossatot Center for Student Success Coordinator Erika Buenrrostro at 870-584-1133 or ebuenrrostro@cccua.edu.

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