Our Mission

To serve low-income and multicultural individuals, families and communities while assisting youth to be successful within their schools and their lives.

The Pre-College Programs, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, are committed to supporting multicultural communities and low-income families in the La Crosse area and around the state. University students and staff members serve as role models and mentors for the youth and as liaisons to the communities within which the Pre-College participants reside. 

The Pre-College academic year offerings provide local youth with weekly tutoring and enrichment opportunities. Our outreach efforts serve African-American, Native American, Latino, and Hmong youth from around the area. About 25 UWL undergraduate students from diverse ethnic backgrounds serve as tutors and mentors each semester.


Mentoring and Readiness for College (MARC) Program

UWL Thursday Tutoring

Academic year tutoring and enrichment for multicultural and low-income students in the La Crosse and surrounding communities.

We'll help you get ready for, and get excited about going to college!

Our mentoring staff is made up of UWL college students and local professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Our low student-to-mentor ratio allows staff build a meaningful trust with our youth while serving as positive role-models to promote understanding and appreciation, self-awareness and cultural awareness.

Through a combination of tutoring, enrichment, and communication, MARC motivates youth to take a proactive role in their own life choices and become engaged members in their community.

  • Tutoring: We strive to meet the academic needs of our students by offering help in specific school subjects and by developing more effective study skills.
  • Enrichment: Beyond academics, MARC also exposes students to enrichment and recreational opportunities, organizations within the community, and events on local campuses. 
  • Communication: We work to collaborate closely with parents, teachers, and school administrators.

But most importantly:

MARC inspires students to attend college!

MARC Tutoring Sites

Holmen High School - Mondays (Grades 9-12) expanding section

When: Mondays, 3:00-5:00 PM

Grade Level: 9-12

Number of Spots: 15

Where: Holmen High School

What: Sessions start with a snack and then move into tutoring. Tutors are available to help with homework and classwork in various subjects. They can also assist students in studying for quizzes/exams. Additionally, we will have time to complete career readiness and college prep activities.  

Site Supervisor: Pao Vang (vang.pao@uwlax.edu)

Fall Tutoring Session Dates:

  • Oct. 10
  • Oct. 17 
  • Oct. 24
  • Oct. 31
  • Nov. 14
  • Nov. 28
  • Dec. 5

Transportation Information: Transportation is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

UWL - Tuesdays (Grades 6-12) expanding section

When: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: UWL Campus - Centennial Hall

Grade Level: 6-12

Number of Spots: 20

What: Sessions start with a light meal and then move into career readiness and college prep. After that, they have time to work on homework or individual academic activities with their tutor. The session finishes with enrichment activities (physical activity, arts and crafts, STEM challenges, etc.)

Site Supervisor: Kellen Szumski (szumski4876@uwlax.edu)

Fall Tutoring Session Dates:

  • Oct. 11
  • Oct. 18
  • Oct. 25
  • Nov. 1
  • Nov. 8
  • Nov. 15
  • Nov. 29

Transportation Information: Transportation is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students should get dropped off and picked up at the corner of 16th St. and Vine St. at the program start and end times.

UWL - Thursdays (Grades 1-8) expanding section

When: Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: UWL Campus - Centennial Hall

Grade Level: 1-8

Number of Spots: 20

What: Sessions start with a light meal and then move into career readiness and college prep. After that, they have time to work on homework or individual academic activities with their tutor. The session finishes with enrichment activities (physical activity, arts and crafts, STEM challenges, etc.)

Transportation Information: Transportation is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Site Supervisor: Maddie Renaud (renaud9265@uwlax.edu)

Fall Tutoring Session Dates:

  • Oct. 13
  • Oct. 20
  • Oct. 27
  • Nov. 3
  • Nov. 10
  • Nov. 17
  • Dec. 1

Transportation Information: Transportation is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students should get dropped off and picked up at the corner of 16th St. and Vine St. at the program start and end times.

For more information, please view our MARC brochure.

Application process: To register for one of our MARC program sites, please complete an electronic Registration Form. Paper format is also available. 

NOTE: If you are applying for MARC and you are in 6th-12th grade, you also need to fill out the following: DPI form (English) or DPI form (Spanish).

Forms can be mailed to:

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Pre-College Program
1725 State Street, 1101 Centennial Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601

Questions can be directed to: 608.785.8928 or email Laura Lauderdale (llauderdale@uwlax.edu)

 

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