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Graduation Day arrives tomorrow for 155 academic boot campers who have completed the six-week Educational Opportunity Program at NJIT. The students, all of whom will now be formally admitted into NJIT's incoming freshman class, spent six weeks living in residence halls and attending classes in math and science. >>
It's an academic boot camp designed to take high school students from the state's poorest school districts and transform them into bright college students who will one day work as engineers, scientists and other professionals. During their six-week stay at NJIT, the 160 students live in the residence halls and adhere to strict rules. The summer boot camp, run by NJIT's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), helps the students, most of who are minorities, make an easy transition from high school to college. “The program is demanding, no doubt about it,” says Laurence Howell, executive director of EOP. “But it gives the students the intensive academic prepping they need to make the transition from high school to a rigorous university such as NJIT.” >>
When Maria Karim graduated from Elizabeth High School at 18, she already had a baby boy. She was nonetheless determined to attend college. She applied and was accepted into the Educational Opportunity Program at NJIT, a program that helps minority students – both financially and academically – become engineers. Karim will not only graduate from NJIT on May 26 with a computer engineering degree: she will graduate at the top of her class. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch addressed the more than 200 students, faculty and guests who attended the 33rd Annual Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Awards Ceremony on April 28, 2005. Maria F. Karim, who will receive a bachelor of science in computer engineering next month, cited the program's commitment to helping disadvantaged students achieve their goals. EOP is a state and university-funded program that offers academic, financial, career and counseling support to under-represented students. >>