Schools That Can Milwaukee equips our leaders to build schools that will be an effective academic institution and a cornerstone of the community. In addition to preparing students for success in the classroom, these schools also help create our city’s next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and scientists. To learn more about the personal drive and continued success of two former students, Fernando and Diamonique, read on.
Carmen Schools of Science & Technology launched in 2007 as one exceptional high school serving a high-needs area of Milwaukee’s South Side. In fall 2013, Carmen opened its first expansion campus, a middle and high school on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side. In Fall 2016, another expansion campus opened as part of a unique collaboration with MPS’ Pulaski High School. With additional campuses in the pipeline, the Carmen Schools network hopes to serve about 3,000 students by 2022.
Fernando Mandujano, a 2014 graduate of Carmen’s South Campus, earned a life-changing Gates Millennium scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Just 1,000 students worldwide are selected for this “good-through-graduation” award. Fernando is receiving funds to cover 100% of his unmet financial need at the college of his choice through graduation, additional funds for graduate school, and the opportunity to participate in leadership development. He is currently attending UW-Madison.
In 2010, Milwaukee College Prep consisted of a single campus serving just 370 students. By September of 2014, the school had added not one, not two, but three additional campuses, enabling the network to provide a high-quality education to more than 1,900 students.
Diamonique Felder, a Milwaukee College Prep alumna, graduated from Messmer High School as salutatorian and left Milwaukee to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. As a young adult, Diamonique returned to Milwaukee, joined Teach For America, and was placed as a teacher at Milwaukee College Prep – 36th Street Campus. Today, Diamonique is helping MCP students get to college and beyond as the network’s Alumni Coordinator.
See It in Action
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