Summer Bridge Students Get a Jump Start on College and the SCC Common read Novel Picking Cotton | SCC

Summer Bridge Students Get a Jump Start on College and the SCC Common read Novel Picking Cotton

Common Read Picking CottonThe Somerset Community College Summer Bridge Class of 2016 kicked off the program with the book Picking Cotton, the upcoming Common Read novel for all SCC students. The students pictured recently completed a two week jump start to their college career. The program, provided free of charge, was led by Marci Randall and Kim Toby, associate professors at SCC.

Students in the SCC Summer Bridge program, also called Jump Start, were among the first to read the book, discovering what the novel is about and how a common reading project can build community on a college campus.

The students also received valuable information on college terms like hidden rules, code-switching, Blackboard and syllabi, which is information much valued but often assumed that such vocabulary is already known, said Randall. Students also had guest speakers on topics including understanding financial aid, using the Learning Commons, online learning,comprehension, summarizingand annotation in college reading, and many other strategies that have to do with the First Year Experience (FYE) at SCC.

Most importantly, many students told the professors they realize that in the end, acquiring and maintaining grit, or sheer determination and motivation to achieve one's own goals in the end, is the mostimportant thing to remember when working towards college completion, Randall said.

PHOTO: Shown above from left to right, top to bottom: Zoeie Brumley, Freguson; Marci Randall (professor); Kim Toby (professor); and Brandi Daugherty, Somerset. Front: Charles (Eddie) Mosley, Brodhead; Christina Wernke, Somerset; Darla Pyles, Somerset; Michaela Reed, Somerset; Linsey Silvers, Somerset; Amber Fields (Mentor), Somerset; and Tyler Whitis, Brodhead.

Not pictured: Dorothy Phillips, TRIO director and program coordinator

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