This bridge leads to college preparedness

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Incoming student Walker Massie boosts his math skills in the summer bridge program.

Here at ACC, our focus is on the students. That’s why, for the second summer, we’re offering bridge programs in reading, writing, and math.

The programs are designed to better prepare students for their first year of college.

“While the students have met their TAKS requirements, the college readiness indicators are showing that the students are not ready for college work,” said Dr. Sharon Frederick, director of Student Learning Services. “We’re here to help them successfully meet those college-level standards.”

It’s not just teenagers enrolled in the classes; adults are welcome as well. State funding made it possible to offer free registration, and the class costs are minimal.

Students go through an intensive two- to four-week session, during which time they are entitled to free advising. Information on study skills and college resources are also available at no cost.

“Our goal is to assist as many students as possible,” said Frederick.

On a recent July afternoon, students in Mahnaz Riazi-Farzad’s math class pored over worksheets as she explained percentages on a whiteboard.

“I’ve relearned a whole lot of stuff I completely forgot about,” said student Walker Massie.

Classmate Casandra Perez said the math course has helped her considerably. Both students plan to further their education at ACC, with Massie majoring in film and Perez undecided.

More than 100 students are currently enrolled in this summer’s program, and plans are in motion to set up next year’s schedule.

Click here to learn more about the bridge program and other ACC Youth Programs.

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