Students who wish to enroll an online program often have the opportunity to attend school events. At Dallas County Community College (DCCC), even web-based students can participate in programs such as the African-American Male Academic Bowl.
The program features a day of intense competition and mental focus, and involves several hundred African-American young men in grades four through seven who attend school in Dallas County, the school reports in a press release. The event, which is the area's Super Bowl of brainy competition, aims to address the achievement gaps, plus academic and social pitfalls, that face African-American males. Starting at the elementary and middle school levels is key, based on a number of academic studies.
DCCC students act as the teams' coaches. These individuals must be 21 years of age or older, and they are required to participate in a brief orientation, which is conducted by the event committee. Each coach supports a team of three young men.
"The African American Male Academic Bowl is designed to liberate, validate and accentuate passion among African-American males to excel in school and beyond," said David Robinson, director of the event and coordinator in DCCCD's outreach office.
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