‘Bridge to College’ Summer Program Returns for 3rd Year

For the third year, Montgomery County Community College will hold its innovative “Bridge to College” summer program for college-bound high school students who are diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome or other special needs. The program runs Monday through Thursday from July 9-Aug. 16 at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

During the program, participants will learn about the expectations of higher education in a real college atmosphere.  Through a combination of lectures, discussions and experiential learning, Bridge to College reduces students’ anxiety by helping them develop the skills necessary to make a successful transition from high school to college. The structured curriculum focuses on strengthening students’ social interaction, communication and advocacy skills;  coping strategies and emotional regulation; and organizational, daily living and problem solving skills.

Participants may enroll in the program as “first time experience” students or through dual enrollment.  For first time experience participants, each day starts with a group lesson in the morning, and  concludes in the afternoon with an enrichment course in the arts, broadcast communications, science, theater, computers or career exploration. Students who are ready to try a college course may enroll in a credit summer session II class in the morning, and will then participate in a support class in the afternoon.

For information, contact Denise Garrigus at 215-619-7403 or dgarrigu@mc3.edu.

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