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Poplarville - For the 14th year, Pearl River Community College’s Student Support Services department, on the Poplarville campus, will be providing the summer bridge program to help students transition from high school to community college.

The program helps aid students with lower ACT scores as well as non-traditional students who have been out of the classroom setting for five or more years. Students have the opportunity to increase those academic skills so important to having a positive start to the student’s college careers.

Lauren Baker, summer bridge program coordinator and academic success coach, says the program is possible because of a grant funded by the U.S Department of Education and provides students with introductory classes in English, math, and community college survival skills.

In order to be approved for the program, students must meet one of three eligibility requirements. They need to be a first generation college student, have a documented disability, or come from a low-income family, according to the federal grant guidelines.

Student Support Services does not charge tuition for this program but students selected will be required to purchase text books and cover the cost of a dorm room should they decide to live on campus.

The program will be held June 27 through July 24 with one Friday field trip to the Marine Mammal Institute on July 12. Transportation, admission cost, and lunch on this trip is provided for each student by the SSS office. 

Students that enroll in this program have shown to have better retention and have higher success rates due to having the chance to meet instructors on campus ahead of their first semester, having a better knowledge base of resources available to them on campus, and getting to work on team building skills in a group setting.

Applications for this program will be accepted until May 31.

For more information about this program, contact Lauren Baker at 601-403-1043 or lbaker@prcc.edu.

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