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November 28, 2017 > Free program prepares adults for college engineering programs

Free program prepares adults for college engineering programs

Submitted By Christine LaBadie

For people planning to go to college, but need help improving their math and English skills, the Pre-College Bridge Program at the Fremont Adult School could be just the ticket.

The program provides free math and English classes to adult learners, preparing them to enter one of Ohlone CollegeÕs more than 200 degree and certificate programs. Tuition, materials and support services are 100 percent covered. The six-month Bridge Program can set students on an educational path that can be life-changing and help them pursue higher wage careers in a broad range of fields, including those in high demand in the Silicon Valley labor market.

The Bridge Program operates a cohort-based learning community where students have both math and English classes together four days a week for six months. Students study together, complete group projects together, and eventually transition to Ohlone College together. They are also given exposure to education and careers through field trips to Ohlone College and local employers as well as a host of guest speakers. Through these mechanisms, participants learn about many career options.

Students receive wraparound support through a student support specialist who sits in on classes, meets individually with students, provides study skill workshops, and helps students create transition plans for their coursework at Ohlone College. Students also receive help in registering for college, applying for financial aid, placement tests and academic guidance.

The Pre-College Bridge Program is a collaboration of Growth Sector, Fremont Adult and Continuing Education (FACE), Ohlone College, Silicon Valley Career Pathways, and SparkPoint Fremont at the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC). The next session runs from January 8 through May 26, 2018 and will meet 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays.

The deadline to register for the next Pre-College Bridge Program is Friday, Dec. 15. To apply online, go to www.fremont.k12.ca.us/page/30129. For more information or to ask questions about the program, send an email to Marina Gonzalez of Growth Sector at Marina@growthsector.com.

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