2021 Summer Bridge Program
What is the Summer Bridge Program?
The Summer Bridge Program is a FREE three-week program aimed to help incoming college freshman start at a more college-ready level, both academically and socially. During the three weeks of the program, students will attend a community college of their choice and receive instruction in math, reading and English. The classes are taught by college professors so it will give students a feel for what a college class is like! The program is designed to help students feel more prepared for their first semester of college.
Students are also given the opportunity to test out of learning support classes and enroll in college level classes in the fall. Students will take a placement test called ACCUPLACER prior to the start of the program and again once the program is complete. The placement test, combined with ACT scores in reading, math and English, will tell us what learning support classes students may need. Even if a student does not need learning support in all subjects, students are required to attend all three classes each day.
Space is given on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today!!
If you can answer yes to the questions below, the Summer Bridge Program may be for you!
- Did you score below a 19 on the reading or math section or below an 18 on the English section of the ACT?
- Do you wish to begin college more prepared?
Any student that is attending a TN Promise eligible institution this fall is allowed to participate in the in-person Summer Bridge Program as ACCUPLACER placement test scores do not transfer to every institution.
- Complete your Summer Bridge Program application by June 11th
- Provide tnAchieves with ACT scores by June 11th
SCHEDULE, DATES and LOCATIONS
The Summer Bridge Program will be held from Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 29. Classes will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:25 PM. The Summer Bridge Program will be held at the following campuses below.
Please do not reach out to the college directly to schedule your placement test for the program. tnAchieves is coordinating with each college to secure a testing appointment for you. Keep an eye on your email for details!
|Community College||Pre-Test Date(s)|
|Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga Campus)||July 9|
|Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland Campus)||July 7-8|
|Cleveland State Community College (Athens Campus)||You will be contacted|
|Columbia State Community College (Columbia Campus)||July 1 & July 6-9|
|Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg Campus)||July 9|
|Jackson State Community College (Jackson Campus)||July 7|
|Motlow State Community College (Smyrna Campus)||July 6-9|
|Nashville State Community College (White Bridge Road Campus)||July 6-9|
|Nashville State Community College (Clarksville Campus)||July 6-9|
|Northeast State Community College (Blountville Campus)||July 6-9|
|Pellissippi State Community College (Hardin Valley Campus)||July 6|
|Roane State Community College (Cumberland Campus)||You will be contacted|
|Roane State Community College (Oak Ridge Campus)||July 6 & July 8|
|Southwest Tennessee Community College (Macon Campus)||July 6-9|
|Volunteer State Community College (Cookeville Campus)||TBD|
|Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin Campus)||July 6-8|
|Walters State Community College (Sevierville Campus)||July 7|
Each student’s schedule will vary, but below is an example of how a schedule might look like during the program:
Math 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Break 10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Reading 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Break 11:10 AM - 11:25 AM
English 11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
How is this program impacted by COVID-19? Students who participate are required to follow all COVID-19 policies laid out by the institution. All classes will be properly social distanced and students will be required to wear masks throughout their time on campus.
Is it mandatory to participate? Participation is 100% optional.
Is the program free? Yes! The program is free to students. We provide all of the necessary supplies and snacks each day.
What is a learning support class? A learning support class is a class that students must enroll in if they score below a specific threshold on the ACT or placement test prior to college enrollment. The class credit hours will not count towards the student’s major but the student is required to take the class and pass it to be considered college level in that subject.
What is ACCUPLACER? ACCUPLACER is a placement test used to determine if a student is testing into college-level classes. Students will take three sections of the test which include reading, math and English. The test is not timed.
What do I need to bring to the program? We will provide students with all of the supplies needed, including a notebook, pencil, pen and a workbook. Students will be required to bring all provided supplies to class daily.
What if I test out of learning support on my ACCUPLACER pre-test? If you test out of the learning support, you can continue to participate in the program or you can decide not to participate with no harm to your TN Promise eligibility.
Can I participate if I have above an 18 in English or a 19 in math or reading? Yes, students can still participate in the program even if their scores are above the ACT cutoff scores. However, students will still be required to participate in all subjects daily. Priority will also be given to students who need the program based on their ACT scores.
I took SAILS math in high school; do I still have to take the math support class? Yes! Every student in the program is required to participate in all three classes.
What if I didn’t take the ACT? You can still participate even if you haven’t taken the ACT. We will base the subjects you need off of your ACCUPLACER results on the first day of the program.
What if I am not going to a TN Promise eligible institution? You can still participate in the program even if you are not attending a TN Promise eligible institution. However, first priority will be given to students attending a TN Promise eligible institution. It is also important to note that not all institutions accept ACCUPLACER results from the program, so it is important to check with your institution prior to participating.
What is the attendance policy? Students may miss one day or a portion of one day and continue to participate in the program. If a student must miss any time during the program, they must provide proper documentation to the tnAchieves staff member. Students may be excused from missing part of the program for the following reasons: documented illness, a death in the family or a personal emergency. If a student misses more than a day or portion of a day, they may be removed from the program. Arriving late or leaving early will be considered a portion of one day.
Do I have to take all 3 subjects? Yes! Students who wish to participate in a Summer Bridge Program must attend and participate in each class daily.
I only need to take the math section. Do I still have to participate in all three subjects? Yes! Regardless of what subjects a student may need based on their ACT scores or ACCUPLACER test results, students are required to attend all classes each day to participate.
I need learning accommodations. Can I still participate in the program? Yes, you can still participate in the program! If you need learning accommodations, please reach out to tnAchieves immediately so we are able to make arrangements for the duration of the program.
What if I want to participate in the program at one college but plan to attend another college? You can still participate in the program. However, not all colleges will accept scores from the program so it is important to contact your college prior to participating to ensure your scores will be accepted.
Are final scores accepted outside of community colleges? Some institutions will accept the scores from your ACCUPLACER exam during the program but there are many that will not. It is very important to contact your college prior to participating in order to ensure your scores will be accepted.
What if I change my mind and don’t want to participate in the program after I have applied? If you no longer wish to participate after applying, please let tnAchieves know and we will remove your application. You will not be penalized in any way if you no longer wish to participate, but we must know so we can make space for other students as space is limited.