RCTC Awarded Rotary Grant

Rochester Community and Technical College’s Collaboration Among Rochester Educators (CARE) Summer Bridge program recently received a $2,000 grant from the Rotary Clubs of Rochester. The grant will help fund transportation, supplies, and snacks for approximately 50 graduating seniors from Rochester Public Schools participating in RCTC’s Summer Bridge program.

RCTC’s CARE Summer Bridge program is an eight-week program designed to help John Marshall, Mayo and Century high school seniors’ transition from high school to college. The primary focus of the Summer Bridge program is to help students develop the skills necessary to complete college-level coursework before they begin college.

Since its inception, the Summer Bridge program has served dozens of students each summer. These students are typically from low-income households (Pell eligible, free and reduced lunch recipients) students of color, and/or first-generation college students. Participating students who test into developmental level college classes (reading, writing, and math) can attend the program for free. In addition to the specific academic areas, participating students enroll in a First Year Experience (FYEX) course designed to help students develop strategies and skills necessary for a successful college career.

RCTC’s Director of High School Collaborations, Dale Amy, notes “Everything Rochester Rotary does opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”  Amy adds, “Today, that someone includes RCTC CARE Summer Bridge participants.”

For further information about RCTC’s CARE Summer Bridge program, contact dale.amy@rctc.edu or 507-285-7332.

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