Pacific Lutheran University, Franklin Pierce School District (FPSD), and Washington Campus Compact are proud to introduce the Parkland Education Project (PEP), a tutoring and mentoring program designed to connect local fifth graders with college students. PEP is modeled after Compass to Campus, an initiative of Western Washington University. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 50 PLU students enrolled in Education 205: Multicultural Issues in the Classroom will commit a minimum of 30 hours per semester to in-school tutoring and mentoring at three local elementary schools, located in close proximity to the PLU campus. With a 5:1 ratio, 250 student protégés will receive instructional support and mentoring and take a field trip to the PLU campus where they will participate in developmentally appropriate college preparation classes, take a campus tour and eat lunch with students from across the campus. Mentors will also play a role as students prepare for transition to Keithley Middle School, where PLU’s Club Keithley provides additional academic and social support.