MICA’s pioneering summer learning program, Bobcat University, grew from a pilot program named Rogers University that has been in operation since 2010. The program focuses on learning and enrichment activities that marshal the resources of the community to support at-risk elementary students. Originally, the program focused exclusively on the Rogers Elementary neighborhood but has since expanded to other elementary schools in Marshalltown. This program is operated in collaboration with partners such as the community YMCA/YWCA, the Orpheum Theater, and the Marshalltown Community School District. The neighborhood is classified as a District in Need of Assistance (DINA) because of its 88% free- and reduced-lunch rate (2013).
Bobcat University expanded its services in 2013 to include children entering the fifth, sixth and seventh grades.
Through Bobcat University programming, these children received the educational boost to bring them up to grade level (and in some cases, beyond) over the course of the summer. On exiting the program, 92% of students improved their reading proficiency and 79% improved their math skills.
What is Bobcat (Rogers) University?
Check out this video to see more about how Rogers University is making a difference in Marshalltown.