Kingwood College bridges the gap
- Written by Chelsia Johnson
This summer LSC-Kingwood is offering those embarking on the college journey a program geared to give them an academic advantage. The Summer Bridge Program will be offered Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. beginning July 21 at the Kingwood College campus. The program is offered to first-time college students who have a high school diploma or have completed a high school equivalency program. Designed for students who would be enrolling in remedial classes in the fall, the program gives students an opportunity to get those courses out of the way in order to begin earning actual college credit when the school year begins. If the graduating senior did not score high enough on their exit TAKS exams to sign up for college level english and mathematics classes, students will be required to take a college placement exam such as the ASSET, COMPASS or THEA to determine their course placement. After evaluation, students can choose to sign up for the Summer Bridge Program. Not only can a student take care of the remedial requirement of English 0307 or Math 0310 in four weeks but the program also intends to improve success and retention rate of students beginning at the developmental level. Essentially what this program does is let students get these classes out of the way in a very concentrated way and be ready to begin the fall semester at a college level,” said Stephanie Hoefar, LSC-Kingwood Summer Bridge Coordinator. “The Summer Bridge Program offers the opportunity for first-time college students to be at a college level by Fall 2008.” The program, which aims to make the transition to college an easier one for students, also offers mentors to assist with the transition. The cost of the program is $150 for in-district students and $330 for out-of-district students. The first 30 students to successfully complete the course with a “C” or better will receive a $100 scholarship for fall classes. Textbooks are supplied by the college. The Summer Bridge Program is a less expensive and time conscious alternative to taking these pre-college level classes at a university or community college. Along with the monetary and scheduling benefits, the program will introduce the skills necessary to thrive in the new atmosphere students will encounter once they begin college. To register or for more information, call Stephanie Hoefar at 281-312-1439.