Wayne State University Invests in Future Learners Through Partnership with Burton International Academy

tudents at Burton International Academy now have their own small army of Wayne State University Warriors in-house to help pave the way for their future, thanks to a new partnership.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at WSU, with the help of several departments at the university, will provide mentors, set up parent meetings and classroom visits, and offer college and career information to incoming eighth grade Burton International students with the adoption of the academy's middle school wing, which was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

"It speaks volumes about WSU's commitment to the community," Burton counselor Mona Lisa Kelly says of the partnership.

Kelly explained the program is funded with money directly from the university, "hard money," instead of grants from the government usually used to fund special projects.

The partnership will help inform students about the Michigan high school curriculum, while highlighting a range of professional fields and careers-and the ways students can work toward them.


"They will be able to go in and tell their high school counselor, 'This is what I need to take because this is the career I am going into,'" says Kelly. "I think by forging this partnership, we are making those connections."

Associate director of recruitment and outreach at WSU, LaJoyce Brown, wants Burton students to know when it comes to following their dreams the university has got their back. 

"I encourage you to strive for excellence, do your best in the classroom, dream big and know that Wayne State University is excited to be a part of your future so that you can be all that you can be," says Brown.

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