NHC offers Summer Bridge Program beginning June 13 to jump-start college for graduating seniors

Published on: April 30, 2007

Do you want your high school graduate to be truly prepared for college next fall? North Harris College has the answer by offering a unique four-week Summer Bridge Program to graduating high school seniors who are in need of some scholastic preparation to be at college level by fall 2007.

“There is often a gap between high school testing and college readiness,” says Martha Whitley, NHC director of student success initiatives. “Just passing the TAKS in order to graduate from high school does not mean seniors are at college level.”

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 90 percent and greater college retention and success rates for participants studying in the upper level developmental courses.

In order to qualify for Summer Bridge Program 2007, students must be a 2007 graduate from Aldine, Spring, Klein ISDs, private school or a home school, whose college of choice is North Harris College. Students must also test into at least one of the following courses: English 0305, English 0307 or Math 0310. The college offers college placement testing for $29, but students who already have qualifying COMPASS, THEA, or ASSET testing scores are welcome to bring those in at registration.

Cost of the summer program is $144, but successful students will receive a $100 scholarship to apply to the next semester’s fees and the textbooks are free. The program runs Mondays through Thursdays from June 13 through July 10, 8 to 11:50 a.m. Early registration and testing is advised as there are limited placements available for this program. For more information, contact Martha Whitley at 281.618.5511. Aldine and Spring ISDs seniors may also contact their College Connection counselors.

“Additional goals of the Summer Bridge Program are to enable students to complete developmental coursework more quickly, help students accumulate college credit sooner, provide students with integrated orientation and student success strategies and to link students with a staff or faculty member who facilitates the student’s first-time-in-college experience,” says Whitley.

North Harris College is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. Registration for summer and fall 2007 is now in progress. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit northharris.lonestar.edu .

NHMCCD, among the five largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas, comprise, Cy-Fair College, Kingwood College, Montgomery College, North Harris College, Tomball College, six satellite centers, and The University Center.

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