SCF Students Lauded for Summer Bridge Program Success

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 17, 2017) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized 18 students who completed the 2017 Summer Bridge Program at a special ceremony Aug. 3. The program gives students in the College Reach Out Program (CROP) a jumpstart on their college education by allowing them to take two required classes over the summer and a seminar that helps them prepare for the Fall semester.

The Summer Bridge Program is led by SCF Special Programs Director Kristen L. Anderson and Jessica Torsell, SCF Special Programs retention specialist. Students received college scholarships covering tuition, books, school supplies and lunches, and completed up to six college credits by taking courses including Student Life Skills and either American History, Psychology or Reading.

During the ceremony, Christine Simons, one of the instructors, commended the students for their determination. She said the group proved they had learned the first lesson of success, which is simply to “show up;” the second is “don’t quit,” she said.

“You proved you can do it,” Simons told the students before turning to other audience members. “We went through 600 pages of text in six weeks. They worked hard and they showed me they had made the transition from high school students to college students.”

Dr. Richard Barnhouse, vice president of strategic enrollment management; Jaquelyn McNeil, dean of students; Mike Kiefer, Bradenton dean; and Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation, attended the ceremony, which was held in the Family Heritage House on SCF’s Bradenton campus. Others recognized at the celebration for their roles in helping to make the Summer Bridge Program a success were the teachers, Gladys Green, Nicole Teich and Simons.

All of the students who completed the program are planning to attend college this fall, with 16 enrolled at SCF. During the Fall semester, college staff will check in with the students regularly to make sure they continue to make progress in their educational pursuits.

For more information, contact Anderson at or 941-752-5257.

Kimberly Jaimes-Diaz receives her certificate.

Kimberly Jaimes-Diaz receives her certificate.

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