Possible Dream Program - Frequently Asked Questions
How does my child get nominated to the Possible Dream Program?
Students can be nominated by teachers, counselors, principals or can choose to self-nominate with the recommendation of a teacher. Selection is based on teacher recommendations, academic abilities, and socioeconomic criteria. Students are selected from schools in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties.
Does it cost money for my child to be in this program?
Admission and activities are free. There is no cost to become a member of the Possible Dream Program or to participate in activities. The Possible Dream Program is fully funded by the Delta College Foundation.
What kinds of activities do members of the Possible Dream Program participate in?
We offer our members a variety of activities that will broaden their horizons and keep them interested in pursuing higher education. Typical activity offerings include but are not limited to: test preparation and college preparation workshops; performances at area venues like the Dow Event Center and Midland Center for the Arts; STEM based workshops; computer/video game design workshops; leadership workshops; art camps and workshops; fitness festivals; and a variety of Delta College summer camps.
Events take place year-round, with the majority of activities taking place on evenings and weekends. Some events occur in a series, where an event program can have 4 or more weekly occurrences; for example, our "Gamestar Mechanic" activity series for 2016 will occur every Wednesday evening for six weeks in March and April. Times and dates for activities vary depending on the event.
How does transportation work?
We charter buses to transport Possible Dream participants to the activities. The buses puck up students at Delta campuses. We provide transportation to an event from campuses that are not in the county where the event takes place. For instance, if an event is held at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, we would provide bus pick-up and drop-off from our Midland and Main Campus (Bay City) locations.
Will my child have to attend every event?
No, it is not required that your child attends every event. We encourage our members to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible.
How long are students in the program?
Students are able to participate in the Possible Dream Program from the time they are accepted into the program until they graduate from high school.
Can parents be chaperones for the activities?
No, we do not allow parents to chaperone Possible Dream activities. All of our chaperones are Delta College employees or Delta College student volunteers who have been background checked.
If my child changes schools, may he/she continue in the Possible Dream program?
As long as your child attends school in Bay County, Midland County, or Saginaw County, they are eligible to continue in the program.
Does my child have to be receiving financial assistance to be in the program?
In order to participate in the Possible Dream Program, a child must be eligible to receive some sort of Federal or State assistance that is based on low income guidelines.
How long has the program been around?
The Possible Dream Program was founded in 1991. Our first class was inducted into the program in 1992. Since 1992, over 1,800 students in the Tri-Counties have participated in Delta’s Possible Dream Program.