Focusing on success in K12 education and access to higher education, the center offers immersive summer programs, academic year tutoring opportunities and postgraduate opportunities in college advising.
The College Advising Corps (CAC) places well-trained, college graduates from institutions of higher education as full-time advisers in under-resourced high schools to support students as they navigate the complex processes of college admission and matriculation. These "near peer" advisers collaborate with teachers and administrators to tie college-going into the life of a school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of college.
Education Scholars is a nine-week "Transition to Impact" summer program for Davidson students interested in driving change at every level of our education system. This program places 10 students in immersive, project-based internships with local partners in and around the Charlotte education system. Through their internship, community living, and shared readings each intern have the opportunity to explore and analyze complex issues in education.
The center works with leaders at local nonprofit organizations to establish responsibilities for work-study positions. Students who are eligible for work-study are placed at these organizations by the center and gain useful experience while forming valuable relationships. In addition to their weekly schedule, students meet monthly as a group on campus, covering a variety of skill-building topics and community building.
The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes toward learning.