Free Summer Programs Help Students Brush up on Math, Technology Skills

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The 2012 Summer Bridge programs at Washington State Community College (WSCC) help students brush up on necessary math, technology, and calculus skills before fall semester classes start and give participants the opportunity to receive either a free TI-83 calculator or iPad. The three programs under Summer Bridge – Math 2.0, Technology Workshop, and Calculus Champions – are all free of cost and run throughout July 30th to August 9th.

Washington State’s placement test called “COMPASS” assesses what course level students should enroll in for the three core subjects: math, reading, and English. The Math 2.0 Workshop – a week-long math skills refresher course – can save WSCC students more than $500 in tuition/books by helping them test into a higher level math course.  After the summer workshop, students work with a free tutor throughout fall semester to help enhance their success potential. Math 2.0 participants get to borrow at TI-83 graphing calculator for fall semester, and if they complete all program requirements, get to keep the calculator worth $140 in the WSCC bookstore.

“Last summer, the Math bridge program helped a lot of students save money and time by brushing up forgotten math skills and retesting into a higher level class,” says David Scheiman, WSCC Learning Center coordinator. “Sometimes students get rusty, but the knowledge for higher level math is there, in their heads.” 

Math 2.0 program requirements include: attending the four day workshop held the second week of August; participating in weekly tutoring sessions during the fall semester, scheduling two meeting with a Learning Center advisor during fall semester, and passing their fall semester math class. The free Math 2.0 Workshop is Monday, August 6th through Thursday, August 9th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a math COMPASS re-test opportunity on Friday, August 10th. Students do not need to test into a higher math class to participate.

For those who have been out of school for a while or have little experience with computers, the Technology Workshop helps teach needed skills in the following areas: Microsoft Word, browsing the web, and saving computer documents. Participants will learn useful computer terminology; navigate Word and other Microsoft Office programs; access and use WSCC email, Web Advisor, and Sakai online learning system; as well as send documents electronically. The free Technology Workshop is Monday, July 30th through Thursday, August 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Calculus Champions Program is a week-long orientation and skill-building lab for students beginning Calculus courses in the fall semester. Participants will be loaned an iPad with supplemental Calculus software loaded on it. Those who complete the Calculus Champions program requirements get to keep the iPad for free!

Calculus Champions program requirements include: completing the calculus course sequence (MATH 2263 and 2264) with a “C” or better, participating in weekly group tutoring sessions, assisting other students an hour per week in the math lab, meeting with a program advisor four times throughout the year, and maintaining at least a 2.75 GPA. As a bonus, those who also enroll in Physics courses 2510 and 2530 are given the opportunity to participate with Physics classes at The Ohio State University (OSU), with field trips to Columbus.

David Scheimann says these three programs help student success rates. “What we're doing this year is maintaining contact with participants throughout the fall semester by providing mandatory tutor support and advising so that they will pick up successful habits.  It's not just access, but completion, and that's important to us – by maintaining contact with these students throughout the entire term, we want to help them continue their quality performance during the semester.” 

All 2012 Summer Bridge programs and workshops are free. To sign up, students should talk to their Admissions Advisor or contact the Learning Center at 740.568.1913. The Summer Bridge Program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program (OSTEP), and Washington State Community College. Fall semester classes begin August 20th.

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