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The USAID Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) Project team is gearing up for the official commencement of the 2013 Summer Programs across Liberia.    
Four hundred and eighty students will benefit from the Fast Start program which runs from July 15-26, 2013 at the following camp locations:  Dolokolen Gboveh High School, Gbarnga, Bong County; Voinjamin Multilateral High School, Voinjama, Lofa County; John W.Pearson High School, Ganta, Nimba County; St. Joseph Catholic High School, LAC, Grand Bassa County; Zwerdu Multilateral High School, Zwerdu, Grand Gedeh County; and C.H. Dewey High School, Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
Each camp will receive 80 private and public high school students from selected schools within each county. Through the EHELD public-private partnership building initiatives, the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) will sponsor the St. Catholic High School Camp program in Grand Bassa County.
The summer programs have commenced with a week-long Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop at Cuttington University, Suakoko, in Bong County. The TOT workshop brought together a team from the University of Michigan (UoM) , Peace Corps Volunteers , University of Liberia  and Cuttington University  faculty members,  who have signed on to participate by teaching basic life skills, computer science, math,  and conduct career counseling in agriculture and engineering. The summer programs are about experiential learning.
Meanwhile, the Cuttington University Upward Bound Program, and the USAID-EHELD Summer Start Program will be combined this year under one leadership with the two programs running parallel and leveraging resources including instructional materials, staff, facilities, motivational speakers, and computer labs among others.
About 80 incoming University of Liberia Engineering and Cuttington University Agriculture students are to attend the Summer Start Program.
The 2013 Summer Start program will specifically target in-coming UL Engineering and CU Agriculture freshman students, sophomore students and summer start returning students; while the Upward Bound program will target 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from high schools in Suakoko and its environs.
The USAID Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development Project is currently providing scholarships for about 100 best and brightest University of Liberia Engineering and Cuttington University Agriculture students.
With funding from the United Sates Government through USAID, the EHELD project is also providing contract faculty and essential teaching materials/equipment, including computers and lab equipment for the University of Liberia Engineering Division and Cuttington University Agriculture College.
Also at the beginning of 2012/2013 academic year, the USAID EHELD project management in collaboration with UL and CU rolled out the revised engineering and agriculture curricula at these two partner universities.
The first sets of agriculture and engineering graduates are expected in 2016.
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