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MARQUETTE– Sixth graders from nine charter schools across Michigan are learning what it might be like to be a college student.

For the past thirteen years, Northern Michigan University has hosted a Young Wildcat Scholars program where students get to attend classes and take part in various fun activities throughout the campus. 

This unique college experience provides the students a better understanding of higher education and shows students what Northern Michigan University has to offer. This program continues to grow in attendance, with an average of 200 students attending in 2013, 350 in 2014, and over 400 students attending in 2015 and again in 2016.

Angela Brown, the student coordinator, says, “The goal of the program is to get these students integrated into what the life would be like at Northern or in the college experience in general. We get to show them around the campus and give them ideas of what classes would be like here. In addition, to showing them some dorm life and student life and that kind of thing.”

The students got to play a Native American game called ‘snake stick’ where the object of the game is to get the sticks stacked on top of each other. It’s a way the kids learned about history.

The students participating in the Young Wildcat Scholars program are from three U.P charter schools 
and six charter schools from urban areas downstate.