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For immediate release
May 28, 2009

Media contact: Hope H. Davis

Citi Foundation supports CCBC’s Summer Bridge Academy with a $37,000 Grant

Baltimore, Md. – Community College of Baltimore County students needing an academic helping hand will now have an additional resource thanks to $37,000 in grant funding provided by the Citi Foundation. Via this grant, CCBC is initiating a Summer Bridge Academy which will assist diverse students in moving quickly through their developmental coursework, therefore, accelerating their preparation for careers in a variety of high-demand fields.

The Summer Bridge Academy begins in summer 2010 with a three-week session where students focus on self-awareness, learning styles, communication skills, team-building and educational planning. Students enrolled in the program will continue into the fall where they will participate in a learning community which combines developmental and credit coursework and a support course where they will practice their learning and problem-solving skills developed over the summer.

An advisor will be assigned to this group who will help the students with course selection and registration for the spring semester. Although the students will phase out of the Summer Bridge Academy, they will continue to be monitored for progress and if problems arise, the college will intervene in an effort to keep them on track to a successful outcome.

“Citi and the Citi Foundation are pleased to provide funding to support this very unique program,” said Sheldon Caplis, Citi’s regional director of Community Relations for the South Atlantic Region. “We believe providing students with the resources they need in order to be successful is a great investment in our future. A quality education affords people the opportunity to transform their lives.”

“We often find that students who are not successful at CCBC have the ability but not the preparation to succeed,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “The Summer Bridge Academy will assist students in that preparation process. They’ll not only learn basic skills to help them make good decisions in the classroom but also in life. They will also get support to help guide their career path and aid them in being successful in college.”

Initially, two groups of 25 students will participate in this program run on CCBC’s Catonsville and Essex campuses. The program will be promoted to both high school seniors, particularly from high-risk high schools in Baltimore County Public Schools and to returning adults.

For more information about the Digital Bridge Summer Academy call 443-840-1247.


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