FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  May 6, 2008
CONTACT: Gilda Ramirez 361.825.6062; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337

   
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Education Receives Funding for the High School Summer Bridge Program

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received $41,500 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to help fund its High School Summer Bridge Program (HSSBP).

Fifty students from South Texas school districts will participate in the High School Summer Bridge Program from Monday, July 7, through Friday, Aug.1, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The program was designed to determine if short-term academic assistance can positively affect college readiness for high school juniors and seniors.

Students from high-minority and economically-disadvantaged school districts will participate in the program which will focus on science, math and English language arts. The program is patterned after the award-winning First Year Learning Communities Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Learning Communities curriculum will each consist of three courses and will provide problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on, “real life” applications of course concepts while giving students a snapshot of what will be required of them to succeed in college.

The classes taught by University faculty, pre-service teachers, student mentors, and high school teachers will be in line with the TEKS and the Texas College Readiness Standards and will focus on preparing the students to meet the requirements in the critical subject areas during the 2008-2009 academic year.