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MCC Expands Summer Bridge Program to MCC Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., May 25, 2005). - With a $31,360 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Manatee Community College (MCC) will expand its Summer Bridge program to MCC Venice. The program gives recent high school graduates a head start in making the transition to college. Participants are students who face economic or academic barriers that might otherwise prevent them from getting a college education.

Entering its fourth year at MCC Bradenton, the intensive six-week program is designed to serve low-income, under-prepared and first-generation-in-college students. It provides placement testing, academic advising, presentations by professionals, college classes, mentoring and financial aid. Mentors maintain contact throughout a Summer Bridge student's college career. Twenty students will be identified for the first MCC Venice summer program. Each will receive a $600 scholarship that covers tuition, books, supplies and lunches. Students will take college prep reading and Life Skills for College Success classes in the Summer B term beginning June 22.

In 2003 and 2004, an average of 26 students participated in the MCC Bradenton program. Approximately 94 percent completed the program and 90 percent of those pursued a college degree. Several who enrolled in credit classes at MCC have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

The highly successful program was launched at MCC Bradenton with a grant from the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation. Tropicana and other donors also provided financial assistance. The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc. continues to seek support for a challenge grant from Jane's Trust. If the foundation raises $300,000 in 12 months, Jane's Trust will award $150,000. Matching grants from the state of Florida also will be sought.

Call Gary Russell at (941) 752-5242 to apply for the Summer Bridge program at MCC Venice. For more information about the foundation's Bridge Program Challenge, call (941) 752-5390.

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