Thursday, May 5, 2011
Gulen Schools- Milwaukee Math and Science Academy Community Outreach Dinner
Concept Schools introduces “Milwaukee Math & Science Academy” as its first school in Wisconsin during a “Community Outreach Dinner” at “The Capital Grille” located in Downtown Milwaukee on the evening of Friday, April 15, 2011.
Mr. Salim Ucan, Vice President of Concept Schools, delivered an energetic presentation outlining the Success of Concept Schools and what MMSA will offer the Community. Among the invited guests were key community educational leaders including….Mr. Garret Bucks, Executive Director of Teach for America, Sarah Granofsky-Toce of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Assn. and Dave Steel, Program Officer of PAVE, Mr. Lauren Duff, Branch Manager, North Shore Bank, Mr. Stephen Kamuiru, CEO at Community Engineering & Building Services, Dr. T. Izard, M.D., CEO at Milwaukee Health Services Inc., Rev. Dr. James G. White from Harambee Ombudsman Project Inc., Earl Ingram from WMCS 1290, Jewel Carter from Harambee Ombudsman Project Inc.
Ucan’s presentation provided strong data to support the successful implementation of the Concept Model in an Urban Community such as the Harambee Community of Milwaukee, as evidenced by the success in similar urban communities in areas of Ohio, Indiana & Illinois. 100% College acceptance and over 60% student retention rates were among some of the data shared during Ucan’s presentation. Ucan charted the growth that occurred with other Concept Schools, and projected that same growth for Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, such as the near doubling of enrollment at Horizon Academy in Columbus, Ohio in its three years of existence! Ucan believed that this growth and retention is achieved in part because of the caring, personalized educational approach that Concept Schools offers its parents and students.
The presentation ended with a receptive appeal to Community leaders to partner with MMSA to make an impact in the Harambee Community and to be a resource for our future leaders…the students of MMSA