SCF Celebrates 2012 Summer Bridge Program Success

(Bradenton, Fla., August 10, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized 24 students who completed the 2012 Summer Bridge Program at a special ceremony held at SCF Bradenton Thursday, Aug. 2.

The Summer Bridge Program, which assists recent high school graduates in getting a jump start on their college education, is led by SCF Program Director Kristen L. Anderson and Tomas Carillo, SCF multicultural specialist.

Students received a college scholarship covering tuition, books and school supplies and completed up to six college credits by taking courses including Student Life Skills, Psychology, American History and Reading.

“You came to us just out of high school, and over the summer, you transformed into college students,” said Anderson. “We are proud of your accomplishments, and we look forward to your continued success in college and beyond.”

Also recognized for their roles as instructors in making the Summer Bridge Program a success were Deborah Kimbler, Jaquelyn McNeil, Gladys Green, Karen Young, Judy Pfeifer and Kevin Kennedy.

SCF student Ricardo Centeno expressed his gratitude for the program, which has prepared him for the process of registering for classes and becoming familiar with college life. Using his experience at SCF, he also was able to help other students who are not enrolled in the program prepare for the Fall term.

“If it wasn’t for this program I wouldn’t be settled in here at SCF or be as confident in taking classes this fall,” he said.

Twenty-one out of the 24 students who completed the program are planning to attend SCF this fall. Three students are planning to attend other Florida colleges and universities.

Tana Sandefur, a longtime supporter and SCF Foundation benefactor, also attended the ceremony. Sandefur, who has supported the SCF  Summer Bridge Program for the past decade, made it possible for students to use iPads in the program this summer.

“In 10 years, we have educated many young people who may not have attended college if it weren’t for the Summer Bridge Program at State College of Florida. Many students at the college graduate and stay in the area. It’s really important to have a community with educated young people,” she said.

Other special guests included Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services; Gary Russell, associate vice president of academic quality and success; Peg Lowery, executive director of The State College of Florida Foundation; and Gloria Tracy, SCF employment/equity manager.

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