Core Elements to Higher Education

Marking its inaugural year, Chastity D. Gaither, Executive Director of Core Elements Higher Education Resource Center held its first annual fundraiser at the Burgh Historic Park Annex, Saturday, April 30 in Southfield MI. Nearly 50 people, including parents, family, and friends attended the event to support the students who completed the program.

The goal of the event was to raise money and awareness to help fund the programs and services they provide to high school students and adults seeking higher education in the metropolitan Detroit area. These programs and services assist underrepresented students and adult learners in the Metropolitan Detroit area in their pursuit of higher education as well as provide scholarships. While this is a fundraiser, it is also a time to celebrate our work and the achievements of our students. The evening featured a student showcase and keynote address from Terrance Range of Michigan State University.

Pew Resource Center reported in 2009 that college enrollments have been rising over many decades at both two- and four-year colleges but the most recent annual spike has taken place entirely at two-year colleges. Recently Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Detroit students who graduate from any high school in the city, public, charter, or private, will be guaranteed two tuition-free years of community college. This initiative could definitely raise the statistical rate of African Americans enrolling in college and completing a degree.

Core Elements program initiative is to begin to raise the expectation or the possibility of college in a high school students mind. Gaither hopes to have this program available in all metropolitan Detroit high schools as part of their student counseling initiative.