MCC offers skills helping hand with program

Thanks to a unique program at Meridian Community College, incoming freshmen will have a chance to polish their English skills.

Bridging the Gap, set for July 15-25, is an intensive, four-hour-a-day program designed for students needing an additional boost in their writing and grammar skills. The 8 a.m.-to-noon sessions are held Monday through Thursday, and the program is based on a pass/fail basis. “The students must be there every day because it is an intensive course,” said program director Lowell Martin.

Now in its fourth year, Bridging the Gap is free of charge to the students. The program is funded through the MCC Foundation from the Quave Family Fund established by MCC alumnus David Quave. The substantial Quave donation was specifically earmarked to directly impact student success.

The opportunity is available to students who scored a 14 to16 on the English component in the ACT test. Typically, students who do not reach the minimum score of 17 in English have to take Intermediate English before enrolling in English Composition I. With successful completion of Bridging the Gap, the students can sign up for English Composition beginning in the fall.

Martin, MCC Student Success Center manager and study skills instructor, has taught English and study skills for 21 years at MCC. He said the program gives students an opportunity they normally would not have had to advance. “To those people on the cusp - with just a little bit of work - they can go into Composition I,” he said. Also teaching the program is Kelly McKee, MCC English instructor.

The course includes segments featuring grammar and writing; McKee will focus on the grammar, while Martin guides the students in writing.

Those interested in more information about Bridging the Gap can email Martin at lmartin@meridiancc.edu

Due to the success of Bridging the Gap, another intensive program, Math STARS, will be held on campus this summer. Candace Rainer, math instructor and mathematics division chairman, said the program will target high school graduates and high school juniors who do not meet the ACT math sub-score required for entry into College Algebra.

Students scoring a 16, 17, or 18 on the ACT math sub-score are eligible to participate in the math summer bridge program. “These students, if they successfully complete the program,

may enroll in college algebra through Meridian Community College during their freshman year in college or as dual credit students during their senior year in high school,” Rainer said.

Math STARS will be held July 15-25, the same weeks as the English bridge program, but will be held in the afternoons from 1 – 5 p.m.

For details on Math STARS, contact Rainer at crainer@meridiancc.edu

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