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MSU's POWER Center plans precollege experience

The POWER Center, a TRiO-Student Support Services program, will offer a precollege enhancement course Aug. 19-22. The course, financed by the Bank of North’s College Planning Center, is designed to prepare first-year students for their university experiences.

Approximately 25 POWER-eligible students will be invited to move into their residence halls and spend three nights and four days on the Minot State University campus immediately prior to the start of fall semester. Through this course, participants will learn about all the resources MSU and Minot offer. They will also connect with peers and become equipped with the tools and essential university knowledge that will lead to personal and academic success during their higher education endeavors. Presentations will discuss financial planning and include mock lectures.  

“This experience, which is referred to as POWER Week, will promote engagement with the campus and community,” said Tiffany Fylling, POWER Center advising coordinator. “It will diminish students’ fears and anxieties that accompany their first weeks of university life.” 

POWER Week students will have all expenses covered. They will also receive a backpack full of school supplies to help make their first semester successful.

The POWER Center is funded by a TRiO-SSS grant from the U.S. Department of Education. On Aug. 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the federal TRiO under the War on Poverty initiative. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that bold legislation designed to assist low-income and first-generation college students. To learn more about the POWER Center, visit

Published: 08/11/14

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