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Summer Bridge students arrive

trio_bridgeSeveral members of the Augsburg College class of 2012 have already joined the Augsburg community! Recently, 27 students came to campus to begin the TRIO/Student Support Services Summer Bridge Program. This five week academic program is offered to Augsburg first-year students who qualify for the TRIO/SSS program.

Summer Bridge students take two college credit courses: Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning taught by Mark Tranvik and Introduction to Public Speaking with Bob Groven.

In addition to the college courses, Summer Bridge students attend supplemental instruction courses, workshops about Augsburg College and college life, as well as social and cultural activities. Last week students participated in the Amazing Race (shown here) dashing through Minneapolis using the Light Rail.

The SSS program is one of three TRiO programs originally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the objective of helping students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to complete their college education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services is committed to helping low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities achieve a bachelor’s degree.

TRIO/SSS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and covers the cost of Summer Bridge. The Augsburg College Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs provides additional funding for tuition, textbooks, room and board, and some activities.

Summer Bridge runs through Thursday, August 8, 2008.

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