LSC-North Harris Offers Summer Bridge Program for First-Time College Students

Lone Star College-North Harris offers a unique four-week Summer Bridge Program for recent high school graduates, designed to support them during their transition to college. The program is for students who need extra academic work to place into college credit courses and will be available during each of the college’s summer sessions. During the first summer session, Summer Bridge classes will be available from June 11 through July 5. During the second summer session, the classes will be offered from July 23 through August 16. 

"There is often a gap between high school testing and college readiness," said Martha Whitley, faculty director of student success initiatives at LSC-North Harris. "Just passing the TAKS to graduate from high school does not mean seniors are prepared for college-level coursework."

The four-week program offers English 0307 (writing) Math 0308 (introductory algebra) and Math 0310 (intermediate algebra). These courses will be offered at LSC-North Harris during both summer sessions. In addition, LSC-Greenspoint Center will be offering the English course during the first summer session, while LSC-Victory Center will offer it during the second summer session.

Graduating seniors who passed the TAKS test, but did not score high enough to place into college-level courses, and those who have finished high school or a high school equivalency program, but have never attended college, are eligible for the program. 

"The goal of the Summer Bridge Program is to enable students to complete developmental coursework more quickly and accumulate college credit sooner, provide students with integrated orientation and student success strategies, and to link them with a staff or faculty member who facilitates their first-time-in-college experience," added Whitley.

Tuition for the program is just $200, and students receive their textbooks for free.

After completing an application for admission to LSC-North Harris, those interested in the program should speak with an advisor about placement tests and enrolling in the program.

All participants are required to take either the COMPASS or ACCUPLACER placement test. These tests cost $29 and will determine which courses are best suited for the student. If the student tests into one of the offered classes, an advisor will help them enroll in the Summer Bridge Program. Students are allowed to take either a math or an English course, but not both.  

The application and registration deadline for the Summer Bridge Program is June 7.

For more information about the Summer Bridge Program, contact Deshonta Holmes at 281.618.5776.

The Summer Bridge Program began in 2000 with the goal of improving success and retention rates of those students starting college at what college placement scores show as the developmental level. Since its inception, the program has shown significant increases in college retention and success rates for participants studying in the upper-level developmental courses.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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