Multicultural Apprenticeship Program

By: Madison Sorsen, MSU CCED, Senior Research Assistant,

Multicultural Apprentices in green left to right:Ms. Wyschell Wicker and Ms. Alondra Lopez, Mentors left to right: Dr. Rex LaMore and Ms. Madison Sorsen.The Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is a four week long summer program designed for students entering their last years of high school. The program, sponsored by The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU, gives students an opportunity to experience life on a college campus and gain exposure to careers in agriculture, food science, natural resources, and other related fields.

This year, our MAP participants, Alondra Lopez and Wyschell Wicker, spent their time working on Sidewalks to Skylines: Empowering the Next Generation of Community Planners, a student engagement toolkit. This toolkit provides instructions for local planners that will allow them to engage with high school and middle school students, exposing young students to the planning profession in order to raise awareness of planning and attract greater diversity into the field. Ms. Lopez and Ms. Wicker provided invaluable input, created content, and pieced many elements of the toolkit together. The toolkit would not have been possible without their attentiveness or dedication nor without our opportunity to work with MAP.

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