Stu­dents com­plete Bridge to Col­lege Al­ge­bra

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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.

Pho­tos by Ter­rance Arm­stard

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.

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