June 25, 2020

The Learning Center (TLC) at East Central College is offering an opportunity for students who have been out of the classroom setting for several months to brush up on their skills.

TLC is extending enrollment in its free JumpStart! Program to anyone in the service region who has been set back in their studies due to COVOD-19.

According to Lisa Haag, the program is an online, self-paced tool for anyone in the region who need math and English help because they have been out of school for nearly 6 months.

“This is a nice program for students who have been out for too long,” she said, “or academically they are not where they need to be.”

The program is geared toward students who are enrolled in college courses for the fall semester. They do not have to be enrolled at ECC, Haag added.

“This is a great opportunity to brush up on their skills for the spring semester,” she explained.

Many of the students who have been utilizing the JumpStart! Programming are high school students experiencing college for the first time.

It is designed to close the skills gap between the end of traditional high school curriculum to the beginning of college, giving students a refresher and jumpstart to college at the same time.

In addition, the program is for students returning to college after they have been in the workforce for an extended period of time.

The program is also ideal for current ECC students who have not adjusted to the transition to online classes and need to repeat a course.

There are two JumpStart! programs available through the ECC Learning Center — JumpStart! English and JumpStart! Math.

The next session begins July 1 and a second session will begin Aug. 1. There is a weekly meeting with participants and tutors via Zoom.

“It is summer and a little slower, so we can tailor the class to fit individual needs,” Haag added.

According to Haag, the program also offers an introduction to incoming freshman to The Learning Center.

It also is a chance for students to learn about Canvass, a learning management platform using a digital learning environment.

JumpStart! English

The JumpStart! English program is geared toward students who have an Accuplacer score of 250-255 in reading.

The English JumpStart! Program has been designed to give students an even stronger foundation in reading and writing, not just for English classes, but also for other general college courses they may be required to take.  To learn more about JumpStart! English, contact Haag at 636-584-6688, or email lisa.haag@eastcentral.edu. Students also can email general_tutoring@eastcentral.

JumpStart! Math

The JumpStart! Math program is geared toward students who have an Accuplacer score of 250-255 in Quantitative Reasoning and higher than 250 in reading on the Accuplacer test.

JumpStart! Math is designed to give students a foundation in math and the study skills essential for college level courses.

To learn more about JumpStart! Math, contact Alison Tucker at 636-584-6660, or email Alison.tucker@eastcentral.edu. Students also can email general_tutoring@eastcentral.





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