SCF Celebrates Summer Bridge Program Success

(Bradenton, Fla., August 1, 2013) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized 24 students who completed the 2013 Summer Bridge Program at a special ceremony held at SCF Bradenton.

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 Carrillo, SCF multicultural specialist.

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

At the ceremony, Anderson commended the students for their success.

“In just six weeks we have seen you grow tremendously and transform from students fresh out of high school into college students. This will be a great advantage as you begin the fall semester,” said Anderson. “We are proud of what you have accomplished so far, and we look forward to seeing you succeed in college and beyond.”

Also recognized for their roles as instructors in making the Summer Bridge Program a success were Heidi Schroeder, Cynthia Ross, Christie Juhasz and Gladys Green.

SCF student Brianna Lee expressed her gratitude for the program, which has helped her become familiar with college life and the resources offered at SCF.

“I wasn’t going to go to college, but I was encouraged to come to the Summer Bridge Program. I’ve learned a lot about SCF and the tools on campus to help us improve our learning,” Lee said.

Lee plans to continue at SCF in the fall to study business management and take photography courses.

All of the students who completed the program are planning to attend college this fall with the majority already enrolled at SCF.

Other special guests included Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Alison Nash, coordinator, SCF Foundation Inc.; Gloria Tracy, human resources manager, employment/equity; Keenan Wooten, coordinator/advisor, Southeast High School; and Yakayra Mendez, 2010 Summer Bridge Program student.

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