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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2007

College of Education Dean’s Future Scholars receives Truckee Meadows Tomorrow 2007 Silver Star

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno College of Education Dean’s Future Scholars program will receive a 2007 Silver Star at the Truckee Meadows Tomorrow 10th anniversary Accentuate the Positive celebration, Oct. 5, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The program received recognition in the Education and Lifelong Learning quality of life indicator category.

The Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) program serves 415 students in 20 Washoe County School District middle and high schools. More than half self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, and Spanish is spoken in a majority of the students’ homes.

In 2006, the first cohort of future scholars graduated from high school; nearly 50 percent enrolled in college. The numbers soared to 80 percent for the second cohort.

“We recruit students who will be the first in their family to attend and, most importantly, to graduate from college,” Sparkman said. “We encourage them to set challenging – yet attainable – goals such as raising their grades, taking additional math and English courses and earning their high school diploma.”

The Dean’s Future Scholars program is recognized as an innovator among national mentoring programs. It combines academic and social support, university or community college transition assistance, parent workshops that provide helpful information for successful academic and financial planning and – new in 2007 – an employment initiative that places incoming freshmen in campus jobs. These efforts help students develop essential faculty and staff networks and feel comfortable with the pending transition to campus life.

“There are three critical predictors of success for students entering college: academic skill, building a relationship with mentors and taking a college course or two while a student is still in high school,” said Bob Edgington, Dean’s Future Scholar program coordinator.

This is the first year that job placement has been made available to 11th and 12th grade DFS students. The program’s job placement component is funded by a $60,000 workforce development contract with the City of Reno (Nevada) under the auspices of JOIN (Job Opportunities in Nevada) and Nevadaworks, Inc.

Nevadaworks, Inc. will also receive a Silver Star from Truckee Meadows Tomorrow at the Oct. 5 event.

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Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has more than 16,000 students and four campuses with Cooperative Extension education programs in all Nevada counties. The University is listed as one of the country’s top 150 research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, and is home to America’s sixth-largest study abroad program and the state’s medical school.

Contact: Zanny Marsh, Public Relations Director
College of Education
775-784-4783 or zmarsh@unr.edu

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