PARKERSBURG - West Virginia University at Parkersburg will offer a new Summer Bridge Program designed to help high school graduates overcome challenges in reading, writing and/or math and prepare them for college-level coursework.
The three-week program will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily July 9-27. Each week will have a different academic focus, and students will only participate in programs for which they need assistance.
The goal of the Summer Bridge Program is to enable participants to bypass remedial college courses.
According to a report released this month by the West Virginia College Completion Task Force, developmental education is a serious challenge in the state and across the country. It is a major barrier to reducing the time it takes students to graduation. About 69 percent of all students in two-year institutions and 20 percent of all students in four-year institutions require at least one developmental course when entering college.
"Our program allows a jumpstart for students who wish to enter the college ready for coursework that will lead to their degree," said Rhonda Tracy, WVU-P senior vice president for academic affairs.
Students who wish to attend the Summer Bridge Program must be planning to attend WVU-P in the fall of 2012 and fall into one of the following test score ranges: ACT test scores between 20-23 in math, 16-18 in English or 15-17 in reading; SAT scores between 414-460 in math, 405-450 in English or 378-420 in reading; or Accuplacer Score between 76-84 in math, 79-88 in English or 71-79 in reading.
For more information contact Max Sterrett at 304-424-8294 or Bob Westbrook at 304-424-8371.