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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

October 29, 2018

College of the Ozarks partners with Tiger Academy at Hollister Schools

Tiger Academy students visit C of OLandon Ramirez, Tiger Academy scholar, enjoys a visit to College of the Ozarks on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of the program’s college and career readiness unit.

Hollister Elementary students visit dairy at C of OHollister Elementary students Olivia Cox and Hunter Brown feed and pet calves at the College of the Ozarks dairy farm on Tuesday, Oct. 9, while on the Tiger Academy field trip.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Tiger Academy scholars from Hollister Elementary’s first through fifth grade attended a field trip at College of the Ozarks on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of their college and career readiness program.

Tiger Academy at Hollister Schools is a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grantee program that serves grades K-12 with college and career readiness targeted programming. College of the Ozarks contributes to the program as a community partner to assist the students in learning key employability skills for future success.

Hollister Elementary Tiger Academy ended their education unit by learning about the various career opportunities in the educational field. Christy Patrick, College of the Ozarks associate professor of education, led a campus tour with her Methods of Literacy III class. The tour began in a classroom, where the Tiger Academy scholars heard about the impact the education field has had on Patrick’s students. They then walked across campus to the dairy barn to feed and interact with the calves. After learning more about College of the Ozarks through a short bus tour, the scholars ended their field trip.

“We want them to know that it is not just teachers and principals in this field, and College of the Ozarks is a great place for them to see how broad their options are,” said Mark Cowsert, program director of Tiger Academy.  

After-School Teaching

In addition to hosting the Tiger Academy’s field trip, the Methods of Literacy III class works with the Hollister Elementary Tiger Academy weekly.

“My Methods of Literacy III class is excited to reach out in the community to serve,” Patrick said. “As they work to improve the students’ individual reading levels, our education majors are cultivating skills in classroom management and lesson plan design.”

Offering fun methods of academic enhancement during after-bell hours is a core goal of Tiger Academy, creating a perfect time for the college students to deliver lesson plans and monitor reading progress while motivating the children to excel.

“When I walk in the room, the kids are excited to see me,” said Shane York, senior early childhood elementary education major. “It has been so encouraging and rewarding to get real-life experience in the field that I will be entering soon.”

College of the Ozarks has worked with Tiger Academy on other units as well.

“From visits to the dairy barn and greenhouses during our career unit on agriculture to having pastry chefs from The Keeter Center as our special guests to demonstrate cake decorating with our high school students, we are blessed to have College of the Ozarks as a key stakeholder and strategic community partner,” said Cowsert.

“These are very important and beneficial opportunities for our students who come from lower-socioeconomic households. These opportunities truly give them the chance to ‘discover their future hopes and dreams,’ which is our mission for the Elementary Tiger Academy scholars. They don’t have to know what they will pursue in life, but our hope is that they can begin to zero in on what they really want to do, based on all the experiences they’ve been given through this program.”

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


10.29.18 – Emily Braden


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