Students complete Bridge to College Algebra
El Dorado High School students completing the 2017 Bridge to College Algebra summer program were honored for their hard work at a closing ceremony Thursday at the South Arkansas Community College Library Auditorium.
The project is a partnership with the El Dorado Public School District, South Arkansas Community College, the Union County Community Foundation and the El Dorado Education Foundation, as well as private donors. All participating students completed the bridge program.
The program is designed to prepare youth for College Algebra as concurrent credit/dual enrollment. EHS students were required to apply and be chosen for the summer project. The program has taken place every summer since the El Dorado Promise was announced in 2007.
The program provides
students with an intensive, immersive experience, to enable them to qualify for and take college algebra. In this way, they may be able to qualify for possible college credits, before graduation from high school. Through a variety of investigations, cooperative group activities and one-on-one tutoring, students explore key topics and skills for optimal success.
During the four-week program, for further post-secondary educational and career data, students also took part in weekly academic college tours of SouthArk, Ouachita Baptist University, Henderson
State University and the University of Central Arkansas.
At the ceremony, each student received a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator. During the next school year, their tuition will be funded for college algebra and/ or plane trigonometry. Students will also check in monthly and receive additional tutoring assistance, as well as opportunities to take the AccuPlacer exam.
Oversight for the program was provided by El Dorado School District Math Chair Tom Simmons and Tim Johnson, SouthArk College and career coach/transfer advisor. Bridge to College Algebra staff included instructor Alexis King and coordinator Alyssa Folk. Bridge alumni
tutors were Edwardo Ashley, Chardesia George, Genesis Guzman, Terri Smith and John Thompson.
Students completing the program included Shrikia Ashley, Christian Austin, Macey Barker, Merla Carter, Rick Cazenave, Makayla Cutter, Gavin Ferrington, Jazzmyne Foster, Rakeidrea Ganter, Justice Glaspie, Maggie Gonzales, Dylan Graves, Gracie Hornbeck, Stormie Johnson, Ailayah Jones, Diamond Love, Antonia Miles, Savion Miller, Demarcus Moore, Rachel Randle, Blair Roberson, Zaniyah Smith, Amaya Steward, Daisy Villegas, Ta’nyeah White, Grant Williamson and Alivia Zartuche.
Bridge to college algebra: Participants of the Bridge to College Algebra Program Thursday.
Graduation: Merla Carter, left, shakes Lilla Philips' hand as Alice Mahony, prepares to give her a certificate of completion during the Bridge to College Algebra Program graduation ceremony at SouthArk.