About the Program

Connecting to the Grove (CTG) funded by the King Chavez-Parks Initiative, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, is designed to support first and second-year students in making the transition and adjustment to college life. CTG serves as a central resource for first and second year students.

Through workshops, activities, events and access to various campus resources, we hope to build a foundation for all program participants. Our overall goal is to strengthen and improve students’ complete college experience (which includes academic, professional, personal, and social development) resulting in graduation from Marygrove College.

First and Second Year Experience

CTG Participants

The first two years of college can be difficult for many students. Adjusting to a new environment, meeting new people, and the rigorous academic load can be overwhelming and promote anxieties, loneliness, and concerns. Building a learning community with other CTG participants while meeting lifelong friends, will enhance your academic success. The courses you take and the people you get to know will contribute to your success at Marygrove college and beyond. CTG will support you in maximizing your first and second year at Marygrove College.

First Year

Learning a new environment, adjusting to your course load, and meeting new people can be overwhelming for new students. You will be paired with a mentor who shares similar professional and academic fields of interest who will help support your transition to the Marygrove Community.

Second Year

To better prepare second year students for continued success academically and personally, Connecting to the Grove will continue to focus on the needs of our second year students. As a second year student, we understand that your coursework may be more difficult and that you will be focusing more on a chosen field of study, and we are here to help! As part of the program, you will also gain valuable experience as a second year student by assuming a leadership role in guiding incoming freshmen as they transition to the college community.


Program Highlights and Benefits


  • Personalized Academic Counseling
  • Access to Tutoring
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • Academic Workshops
  • Major and Minor Selection Information Sessions
  • Textbook Loaner Program


Participation in the CTG program has the following benefits:

  • Better performance in classes
  • Increased personal and social  awareness
  • Better connection to and engagement with the campus (this also helps boost your grades)
  • Awareness of career options and preparation for the workforce (develop skills that will take you beyond the classroom)
  • Opportunity to mentor or be mentored


Skill enrichment workshops target the specific needs of first and second year
students. These workshops inspire students to actively engage in learning and sharpen their
academic, social, and professional skill sets.

CTG Workshops take place twice a month and will include topics like:

  • Discovering Your Learning Style
  • How To Better Navigate Your Textbooks
  • How To Improve Your Note-taking Skills
  • How To Better Manage Your Time
  • How To Set Goals and Stick to Them
  • How to Budget Your Money
  • How to Avoid Test Anxiety
  • Interviewing and resume writing
  • The Art of Networking

Tentative Winter 2014 Workshop Schedule


14th - Time Mgt/Goal Setting
23rd – Tentative Leadership/Mentorship Training (Presented by BOLD)
28th – Financial Aid Budgeting


11th –Finding My Purpose/Goal Setting Phase 2
25th – Major Night: Career Options for Liberal Arts Majors

March: (Career Coaching Series)

11th – Interviewing: There’s A Science to It (Looking and Speaking the Part)
18th – Resume Writing: How to Build an Attractive Resume
25th – The Art of Networking: Using volunteer, service learning, internships and job shadow experiences to your professional advantage


3rd – Gear-Up College Day (WSU)
8th –Which Fork Do I Use: Business/Social Etiquette
10th – Gear-Up College Day (U of M – Dearborn)
22nd – Revive and Renew: Stress Reduction Workshop

Eligibility and Enrollment

Eligible participants must meet one of the following:

  • Be the first in your home to attend a four year institution. This means neither your mother nor father graduated from a four year institution (brothers/sisters are not considered).

  • Be eligible to receive the Pell Grant.
Additionally, all students must be motivated to succeed and indicate a level of commitment during the intake interview. All students must also enroll in the program as freshmen.

Enrollment in the program is as simple as completing an application and participating in a 15 minute intake interview.  Once you have completed these steps, a CTG staff person will screen your information for eligibility.

How to Apply

  1. Click here to download the application.
  2. Visit our office at:  Student Center Room 105
  3. Contact CTG staff

Contact Information

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