One of the earliest records of a pre-college program at UWM was the "Helping Kids Learn Program." Organized in 1967 and lasting until 1972 by "Cap-Town," an association of involved and concerned parents, the program provided inner city students with tutoring and visits to the UWM campus. The summer sessions were held at Estabrook Park with teacher volunteers from Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. The children were given academic help, as well as an early taste of campus life and a look at future possibilities.

During the period from 1974 to 1980, several programs were initiated at UWM with various sources of funding. Included were the Pre-College Center and College for Kids. Using educational resources from the campus community, these programs offered enrichment possibilities and support for area students.

In 1985, the Wisconsin legislature passed funding for the Pre-College Minority Scholarship Program under the administration of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The objectives of this legislation were to increase the percentage of students from underrepresented backgrounds graduating from high school as well as encouraging their matriculation to institutions of higher learning. The following programs are funded or partially funded by DPI: Student Success Program, Mini-Courses, College for Kids, MEDAL, Health Sciences Academy, Health Sciences Seminar, Urban Teacher World, and Youth Enterprise Academy.

The federally funded TRIO programs -- Upward Bound, Talent Search, Upward Bound Math and Science, and Veterans Upward Bound -- came to UWM in 1986, 1991, and 1999 respectively. In addition, the federally-funded GEAR-UP program began in 1999.

Overall, these and other academic programs in the various schools and colleges encompass an age group of K4 through high school. Aside from the many academic offerings, there is also a wide range of sports, arts and music enrichment classes as well as informational sessions available at UMW to complete the pre-college curricula. Currently, we serve well over 9,000 K-12 students every year.