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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
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Howard University Hosts College Readiness Program
for 25 Students Interested in Health Professions

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2013) – Howard University College of Arts and Sciences welcomed participants in the 2013 Prefreshman Academic Summer Enhancement Program to campus in July. The program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The summer program offered 25 incoming Howard University freshmen six weeks of intense academic activities from June 2 to July 13 to enhance their college preparation and to introduce them to health professions and related careers. All activities, including room and board, are covered by a federal grant from the Health Careers Opportunity Program.

The program is intended to improve students’ skills in critical thinking, problem solving and oral and written communication. The program also introduces participants to college-level biology, chemistry, mathematics and English. Segun Gbadegesin, Ph.D., interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, provided welcoming remarks to participants on June 4.

The Center for Preprofessional Education (CPE) at Howard University is led by Clarence Lee, Ph.D., director of the center, and by Julie Andrist, the associate director. Staff members from the center and six Howard University mentors will also assist with the summer program.

Prefreshman Academic Summer Enhancement Program introduces participants to college-level biology, chemistry, mathematics and English.

During the program, students will meet Howard University deans and travel to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Maryland College Of Medicine.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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