Program runs July 9 to Aug. 14

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

Recent high school graduates heading to Coastal Bend College in Alice or Beeville now have a new opportunity to receive math remediation through the Developing Bridges to Student Success Program.

CBC will host a free summer math session for students preparing to enter college-level math courses in the fall.

The courses will begin in the Alice and Beeville campuses Monday and run through Aug. 14. Students who participate can earn vouchers up to $350 towards fall enrollment at CBC. Applications are available at both campuses.

"This is an excellent opportunity to fast-track students, bring them up a level or two, and get them ready for college math," CBC President John Brockman said recently.

The course is based on test scores, and the students will enter a comparable course.

The students will stay in the class until they have caught up with their level of needed remediation.

Some students may only spend two weeks in the program, while others may need to stay the whole course to get them up to speed for the fall semester.

The goal is to prepare students for college level math in the fall through summer preparation.

The material covered in July normally takes up to 18 months, worth of developmental courses, officials said.

The college considers this a test program, and if successful, it could spread to other colleges in the area.

Spacing is limited in the program, but there are still openings for both campuses. To sign up, contact Mary Kay Best at 361-354-2402 or 361-354-2304, or submit an application at www.coastalbend.edu under "Developing Bridges to Student Success."

"The more motivated students are, the sooner they complete the course," said Velma Elizalde, director of student and program development said.

There are incentives in place at each level of the program to motivate students. After one level of remediation, students will earn $150 in vouchers for fall enrollment, $250 for those who complete two levels and $350 for those students who are college-math-ready by the end of the program.