June 1, 2020

The Learning Center at East Central College has free courses available to help students bridge the gap between high school and college, or those returning to college after an extended period of time.

The Summer Bridge courses are non-credit courses designed to close the skills gap between the end of traditional high school curriculum and the beginning of college; and for students entering or returning to college after being in the workforce.

Recommendation for the program is based on student scores on the Accuplacer test, which evaluates the mathematics, reading and writing skills of test-takers.

The courses are free and offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats.

The Summer Bridge courses combine diagnostic assessment, directed departmental curriculum and retesting, in hopes to help students adjust to college courses and potentially improve placement.

Ideally, students who complete these courses will move more quickly into college-level classes and use less financial aid and/or out of pocket money in the process.

There are Summer Bridge classes available for reading and mathematics.

Reading Bridge

There are two tiers to the Reading Bridge based on placement scores — Reading Bridge I and Reading Bridge II.

Reading Bridge I is for students who score 239 or below in reading on the Accuplacer.

Reading Bridge II is geared toward students who have placed from 240-244 in reading on the Accuplacer.

Both Reading Bridge courses are offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. It is specially designed to help improve reading ability and prepare for the next step in students’ educational pathway.

After completing the courses, students may retake the Accuplacer free of charge. The courses include Accuplacer practice questions.

Reading Bridge II is specially designed to help improve your writing ability. When you have completed Reading Bridge II, which includes Accuplacer practice questions, you will be able to retake the Accuplacer free of charge.

To learn more about the Reading Bridge courses, contact Lisa Haag at 636-584-6688, or email lisa.haag@eastcentral.edu. Students also can email general_tutoring@eastcentral.edu.

Math Bridge

There are two Math Bridge courses offered for free this summer at TLC.

The Pre-Algebra Bridge course is for students who placed 259 and below on arithmetic on the Accuplacer.

The multi-session Pre-Algebra Bridge program reviews key concepts and college study skills to help students prepare to be successful in college math courses.

The Intro to Algebra/Fundamental Concepts Bridge course is for students who score 260-300 on the Accuplacer in arithmetic and 237-249 in quantitative reasoning.

This program reviews key concepts and college study skills to help prepare students to be successful in college.

At the end of the Math Bridge courses, students will retake the Accuplacer

To learn more about the Math B ridge courses, contact Alison Tucker at 636-584-6660, or email Alison.tucker@eastcentral.edu. Alternatively, students can email general_tutoring@eastcentral.edu.

To learn more about TLC or to view additional resources, visit www.eastcentral.edu/learning-center/.

 





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