This summer, Mitchell Community College is sponsoring a free six-week academic program for freshmen to gain college experience and build a support network before they begin their freshman year. As part of the program, freshmen at Mitchell take two classes, attend weekly workshops, and meet the faculty and staff who will support them through the upcoming academic year. Additionally, freshmen earn free college credits through participation in the program.
Offered during the Summer Bridge program, ACA 111 College Student Success introduces new students to the college campus, student resources, college programs, study skills, and life management skills. The second course COM 110 Introduction to Communication provides an overview of basic communication concepts and the skills needed to communicate with different audiences – a crucial skill that students need to succeed in future academic and professional settings.
“Research suggests that participation in a high-quality and challenging summer transition program, such as the Summer Bridge program, followed by comprehensive support throughout the academic year, increases academic excellence, commitment to within the university with peers and a strong sense of community college,” said Dr. JJ McEachern, Vice President of Student Services at Mitchell Community College.
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In an effort to support a diverse community of freshmen, the Summer Bridge program is designed to help students develop the confidence to support their academic and social experiences while in college. Overall, the program aims to develop skills that will help students make a successful transition to college.
While enrolled in the program, students can expect to learn in small class sizes while engaging with instructors, graduate students, and mentors who will share tips and strategies for successful progression in a collegial setting. Students will also benefit from academic support that will continue throughout the academic year and participate in a variety of activities and events to familiarize themselves with departments and other resources on campus.
All incoming first-year students can apply to the program, but Mitchell prioritizes students who identify as first-generation or from an underserved population. Interested students should apply by May 27. To apply, visit https://mitchellcc.edu/summer-bridge. Students must complete the Mitchell Admissions Application and the Summer Bridge Application; it is also preferable for students to complete the FAFSA 2022-2023.
Orientation for the Summer Bridge program is June 7th. Classes are held from June 21 to July 28, Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.