Area high school students invited to Westville campus for a ‘Lead the Way’ program
Purdue University Northwest students participating in the TRIO Student Support Services programs will welcome students from four Northwest Indiana high schools to the PNW Westville Campus Tuesday, March 21 for the second annual “Lead the Way” conference.
The 80 conference guests attend Michigan City, La Porte and Portage high schools and New Vistas High School in Portage. They also participate in the TRIO Educational Talent Search and College Bound programs at their respective schools.
The conference will offer the high school students a day of interactive workshops and activities developed by 20 PNW students enrolled in the TRIO Student Support Services programs on the PNW Hammond and Westville campuses.
“In addition to the high school students seeing, hearing and learning about leadership from their older peers, the PNW students want to exemplify the ideal of students serving students,” Catalina Rodriguez, director of the TRIO Student Support Services and Educational Opportunity Programs for the PNW Westville campus, said.
TRIO and College Bound programs
Rodriguez explained that TRIO and the Westville College Bound program serve first-generation, underrepresented students. PNW hosts five different TRIO programs: Student Support Services on the Westville Campus and the McNair Achievement Program on the Hammond Campus. Plus, there are three pre-college programs: Educational Talent Search available through the Hammond and Westville campuses and Upward Bound, offered by the Hammond Campus.
The Westville Campus College Bound program serves qualifying students in selected school districts from eighth grade through higher graduation. Collectively, all programs contribute to the participating students’ academic success in high school and college.
The Lead the Way conference
The conference will feature a variety of activities that will help the high school students develop their communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
The conference also will feature TheMillennial.Be, a Chicago-based group of young professionals who provide thought-provoking workshops that touch on diversity, culture, motivation and leadership.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a comprehensive, Northwest Indiana regional university within the Purdue University system comprised of campuses in Hammond and Westville. The university was formed by the unification in 2916 of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.