Our campus was abuzz this summer as Rio Hondo College staged some of its most important programs of the year – a summer “camp for members of the local Boys & Girls Club, a CTE Academy for area seventh-graders and events designed to welcome and orient our new freshmen.
All these programs celebrate Rio Hondo College’s mission to provide access to higher education and offer students the support essential to succeed.
This is because higher education isn’t a static object – it’s a dynamic process that begins by communicating the idea and promise of higher education to our community’s young students. We inspire them with an idea of what they can accomplish and then show them a path to realizing those dreams as early as middle school.
That’s why our summer programs for local young students are so important. In our summer camp and academy, we introduced young students to Rio Hondo College’s popular programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – career fields that are booming across the world.
We also recognize that once students take that first step into higher education, it’s critical that they have all the tools available to succeed.
We held a series of events to welcome our incoming freshmen and provide them with information on comprehensive support services that are becoming a hallmark of a Rio Hondo College degree.
We also offered our Summer Bridge program to 425 students. This in-depth program combines orientation seminars with intensive instruction in math and English. Many of the students significantly advanced their math course placements just through those workshops.
Together, these programs set the stage for what promises to be one of our most exciting years yet when fall semester begins Aug. 19.
Summer Bridge Program Helps 425 Students Excel
Rio Hondo College’s 2017 Summer Bridge program drew 425 students for an array of activities offered three times over to orient the students to the rigors of higher education and to give them a chance to improve basic skills.
The program helps build an understanding of Rio Hondo College’s services, connects students with each other and allows them to explore their goals.
It supports both the new Rio Promise program that offers support and first-year tuition waivers to 2017 graduates of high schools in the College’s service area as well as Avance, a program for supporting Latino students.
Among the activities, students worked with math faculty for two hours a day and with English faculty for an hour a day in special workshops.
The instruction enabled 77 students to advance from one to three math levels, achieving placement in classes more advanced than they would have through an initial assessment or even the College’s nuanced multiple measures placement for basic skills class.
Other workshops included information on services for low-income and under-served student groups, information on the College’s innovative First Year Success Center, financial aid, the Rio Hondo College Transfer Center, health and psychological services and the college’s Career Center.
Students also learned about the journey ahead of them through panels of students and deans, and attended a fair featuring more than 24 academic and career programs.