Minneapolis eighth-graders selected for retention and engagement program providing preparation for college level work and admission

MTCS Middle School in south Minneapolis is contributing five eighth-grade students to the University of Minnesota’s CORE 2025 program designed to increase the number of college graduates with multicultural backgrounds at the school by 2025.  Each was selected after completing an essay and providing references.

“This is a game changer, everything you have done in the past and the things you need to work on,” said the school’s director, Melvin Baker.  “It can change your life entirely.”

The students are Chaske Braveheart, Jaylan Marrero, Malik McCurtis-Lloyd, Caitlyn Norell, and Jaquan Robertson.  “They’re going to help us out, throughout the years,” said McCurtis-Lloyd.  Students will make quarterly campus visits and access online college readiness curriculum to complete assigned work.

More information about CORE 2025 is available at diversity.umn.edu/core2025