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College Readiness Programs

College Academy of Readiness Summer Program (CARS)

The CARS program is an academic program offered during the summer session at the Oglala Lakota College. These are preparatory courses and they are non transferable and non PELL eligible. The summer program is designed to give students at both the 083 and 093 levels the opportunity to move forward into the next level of their education. Students must participate in the program for the full duration of the program and move forward one level from where they begin to be eligible for scholarship support.

  • All applicants must complete the admissions process and be admitted as a student at the Oglala Lakota College (Admissions Policy #80-000)
  • All applicants must complete the CARS application
  • The CARS program participants may be supported by a scholarship. Students that elect to participate in the CARS program cannot receive PELL as these courses are preparatory only.
  • CARS students are not considered full time students and the courses are non-transferable. Furthermore, students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the, one-time $100 per course completed scholarship at the end of the summer program.
  • Students must complete the course(s) they elect to take
  • Students must adhere to the OLC attendance Policy. Three consecutive e absences or five e scattered absences will result in the students being ineligible for the scholarship
  • Students entering at the 083 levels must advance to the 093 levels however testing into the 083 level I understand I will not be able to be officially enrolled until I pass into the RW093 level.
  • Students entering at the 093 levels must advance to the 103 levels

College Academy of Readiness Fall/Spring Program (CARF)

The CARF program is an academic program offered during the fall/spring session(s) at the Oglala Lakota College. These are preparatory courses and they are non transferable and non PELL eligible.

The fall/spring program is designed to give students at both the 083A and 083B levels the opportunity to move forward into the next level of their education. Students must participate in the program for the full duration of the program and move forward one level from where they begin to be eligible for scholarship support.

  • All applicants must complete the admissions process and be admitted as a student at the Oglala Lakota College (Admissions Policy #80-000)​
  • All applicants must complete the CARF application.
  • The CARF program participants may be supported by a scholarship. Students that elect to participate in the CARF program cannot receive PELL as these courses are preparatory only. CARF students are not considered full time students and the courses are non-transferable.
  • Furthermore, students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the, one-time $300 scholarship at the completion of their program.​
  • Students must complete the course(s) they elect to take​.
  • Students entering at the 083 levels must advance to the 093 levels however testing into the 083 level. However, students must understand that they will not be able to be officially enrolled until they pass into the RW093 level.​​

Who can participate?

The program is designed for the following students:

  • New students
  • High school graduates
  • Current graduating seniors
  • Any high school graduate that has not gone to college
  • GED students that have completed their program and received their certification
  • Currently enrolled students
  • RW093 level students who may have attempted the RW093 but did not pass to the next level

When is the program available?

CARS Dates

May 28th through June 17th: Cheyenne River
June 3rd through June 21st: Kyle, Rapid City, and Pine Ridge

CARF Dates

Fall participants​ August to December
Participants will be tested in week 1 and in week 15​

Spring participants​ January to May
Participants will be tested in week 1 and in week 15​

Foundational Studies courses offered:

  • RW083/093 Basic English I and II
  • Math 083/093 Basic Math I and II

What do I do after I finish the admissions application?

The CARS and CARF programs has an application for potential participants. The applications are available at all district centers and below on this page.

All applications should be returned to the Foundational Studies Department.

CARS PowerPoint CARF PowerPoint CARS Application CARF Application