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1 Running Start… A successful, first year experience program Basic Skills Regional Workshop May 7-8, 2009 Marsha Wright, EOPS/CARE Director Santa Barbara City College

2 Developing a First Year Experience Summer Bridge Program Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How?

3 Who? 65 High school seniors ~ our mission is to recruit local high school, low-income, educationally under- prepared seniors that have not considered going to college. The goal ~ to spike their interest and get the students to continue their education. The result ~ 92% persistence rate from Summer to Fall.

4 What? A “No-Excuses” 6-week summer bridge program Enrollment in a College Success Course Enrollment in one other college course Tutoring and Peer Mentoring Support Fee Waivers Book Grants Weekly Stipends Weekly Field Trips

5 When? Santa Barbara City College’s Running Start program as well as the other Summer Bridge programs occur during the college’s summer session. Six week commitment Monday ~ Thursday morning courses Monday ~ Thursday afternoon Tutoring & Peer Mentoring Mandatory Field Trips/Program events on Fridays

6 Where? There are endless opportunities for field trips. China Town & Olvera St. Reagan Library & a Dodger Game UCSB Ropes Course July 4 th Beach Barbecue Museum of Tolerance Getty Museum Hearst Castle Local Factory Tours Theatre Production

7 Why? Promotion of a college education ~ In 10 years, 493 students not planning to attend college have pursued a college education. Opportunity to provide added academic support for students to ensure success Increases College enrollment Students Succeed…

8 Why? 2008 Running Start Stats:  62 students started the 2008 six- week program  Average units attempted 5.70  Average units completed 5.15  Average GPA 2.95  61 completed the program  All 61 enrolled in and completed fall 2008 semester  60 of 61 students enrolled in spring 2009 semester Where are they now?  2000 Alum ~ SDSU Graduate ~ Currently in Law School  2001 Alum ~ UCSB Grad 2006 ~ UCSB Financial Aid Analyst ~ Began Master’s program Spring 2009  2002 Alum ~ 2007 Transfer to UCLA  2003 Alum ~ UCSB Graduate ~ Master’s Program at Long Beach State  2003 Alum ~ 2008 Long Beach State Graduate ~ High School College Advisor  2003 Alum ~ UCLA Graduate, Med School USF  2003 Alumni (2 friends) ~ both 2008 CSU graduates ~ Working Locally in Social Services ~ Grad school Fall 2009

9 How? Start small ~ 24 students served our first year. Use pre-existing campus resources – Summer curriculum – Student Support Programs Seek financial support – PSS/Basic Skills Funding – Foundation – Trio – EOPS Be creative with field trip planning Make it fun ~ for both you and the students!

10 Questions? Contact Information: Marsha Wright EOPS/CARE Director Santa Barbara City College , ext. 2304


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