Our first annual signature fundraising event will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Hazel Park Raceway. It will consist of a dinner and silent auction headlined by Congressman Sander Levin and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and tickets will be available in January 2014.
Message from the Executive Director
Hello, and thank you for your interest in the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network!
Our staff, board members and community partners are extremely committed to both the success of our students and the revitalization of our community, and we believe strongly in the power higher education can have in terms of opening doors for our students' future success.
While our Promise scholarship program works to remove funding as a barrier to a college education by guaranteeing the opportunity for our students to complete, at minimum, an Associate's degree with all tuition and fees taken care of, we do not want to stop there. Paying for college can only be beneficial if our students are able to successfully transition into and out of school.
College application and financial aid processes are complicated, and so we provide two full-time employees at the high school who have been trained in college and financial aid advising.
We both want parents and students of all grade levels to feel comfortable contacting us regarding any questions they have about these important processes.
We would also like to thank the State of Michigan, the Sutar-Sutaruk-Meyer Foundation, the WalMart Foundation, the Michigan College Access Network, Public Policy Associates and the Hazel Park School District and all of our other donors and supporters for their continued investment in the students and city of Hazel Park.
All the best,
Hazel Park Promise Zone & College Access Network
What we know...
- By year 2018, 62 percent of jobs in Michigan will require education beyond high school.
- Currently, only 36.8 percent of Michigan adults (ages 25-64) hold an Associate's degree or higher.
- Since the most recent recession, more than 200 million jobs have been created for people with at least a Bachelor's degree. There has been no gain in the number of jobs for people with an Associate's degree or the equivalent, and more than 500 million jobs have been lost for people with a high school diploma or less.
- If we can't supply Michigan's labor market with enough qualified workers, economic growth will be severely constricted!
- Revitalize the city of Hazel Park by increasing the postsecondary attainment rate in the community and making it an attractive destination for families and businesses
- All students will enter high school with the minset that they can attain postsecondary education, and the high school and Promise Zone staff will promote this college-going culture
- Increase students' access to and readiness for college and assist them with their transitions
- Increase high school completion rates, college readiness, and post high school success of all students in Hazel Park schools
- Assist students in funding and successfully completing their degrees or certifications
Our Objectives and Metrics:
- Promote and provide opportunities for Hazel Park K-12 students to experience out-of-the-classroom academic enrichment, such as college campus field trips or pre-college programming
- Increase the percentage of HPHS 11th grade students who meet or exceed standards on the ACT
- Increase the percentage of HPHS seniors who complete a FAFSA
- Increase the percentage of HPHS graduates who enroll in a postsecondary institution within one year of their high school graduation
- Increase the percentage of HPHS graduates who persist at a postsecondary institution for a second year
- Increase the percentage of HPHS graduates who complete a postsecondary credential within six years of their high school graduation
- Increase the number of families who cite college-related resources as their primary reason for moving into the school district
The Hazel Park Promise Zone guarantees all resident graduates of Hazel Park Schools a tuition-free path to an Associate's degree. These funds can be used at any accredited trade school, community college, college or university in the state of Michigan. A Promise Zone Scholarship is paid directly to a student's institution to cover tuition and fees only (no books). Promise Zone Scholars may receive other merit-based scholarships, but Pell, TIP or other government funding (loans not included) will offset a student's Promise Zone Scholarship. A Promise scholar must be a full-time student and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher once they begin college to continue receiving his or her scholarship the initial semester.
Many of these students will be the first in their families to attend college.