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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

In partnership with the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration exposes middle school students to higher education and career opportunities

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jan. 28, 2004 - On Friday, January 30th, The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration will kick off its Early Outreach Initiative at local Tucson Amphitheater Middle School. Collaborating with the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, the program seeks to bridge the difficult transition to high school and promote higher education among our most challenged youth. This spring, junior and senior Eller College mentors will work with seven eighth grade classes at Amphitheater Middle School.

The goal of this Early Outreach Initiative is to expose economically disadvantaged students to career exploration and higher education opportunities. Students learn basic budgeting, link education to potential earnings, research job opportunities, identify relevant high school classes and reinforce basic reading, writing and math skills. Students in this program later continue career exploration through job shadowing, volunteerism and internships.

With support from the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, the Eller College created its Rodel Pipeline for Excellence program, which selects exceptional undergraduate college students as Eller-Rodel Mentors. These mentors work with local middle and elementary schools to expose their students to higher education and career planning. The program increases the potential of students with limited resources and opportunities, helps to keeps youth in school, focused on education and advanced training. It is a win-win scenario involving students, adults, and local businesses.

"Support from the Rodel Foundation gives us the opportunity to share the exceptional business and career skills of some our most community-minded students with local Tucson schools. With ongoing resources, we hope to extend this program to more K-8 students in our Tucson community," said Pam Perry, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Eller College of Business and Public Administration.

Charles Bermudez, Principal of Amphitheater Middle School commented, "We couldn't be more pleased to participate in this initiative with Eller College students. This type of mentoring from College students is what helps middle school students set career goals, stay on track, and ultimately achieve them."

The theme of the January 30th kickoff event is "Bridging the Transition from Middle School to High School and Beyond." Students will develop budgeting and team building skills while constructing bridges out of household items. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Amphitheater Middle School, 315 East Prince Road.

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving Arizona's education system.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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