Summer Bridge Program

Free, Three-Week Program at all Tennessee Community Colleges

The tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program is a FREE, three-week program that helps students become more academically and socially prepared for their first semester of college!  The application for the 2022 tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program closed on May 16, 2022.

Hosted on a community college campus, students will participate in math, reading and English classes each day. College professors teach the classes, so the program will give you a feel for what college will be like in the fall – including making friends and building relationships with future classmates. In addition to free classes, students will receive free lunch each day.

All students will have the opportunity to test out of learning support classes via the Accuplacer assessment before and after the Summer Bridge Program. This is a huge benefit of the program, as it can help you gain a head start on college!

Program Details

How to Apply: Complete an application for the tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program! Fully complete the application and be on the lookout for more information from tnAchieves!  

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Complete a Summer Bridge Program Application

Location: tnAchieves is partnering with each Tennessee community college to offer 15 programs this summer! It is important to note that some programs are hosted in June and others in July. The list below outlines when each college is hosting their Summer Bridge Program.

Ensure that you review the campus location, as some colleges host multiple programs.

JUNE PROGRAMS: JUNE 6-23, 2022

JULY PROGRAMS: JULY 11-28, 2022

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CLEVELAND CAMPUS) CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS)
JACKSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (JACKSON CAMPUS) COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (COLUMBIA CAMPUS)
MOTLOW STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (SMYRNA CAMPUS) DYERSBURG STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (DYERSBURG CAMPUS)
NASHVILLE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (WHITE BRIDGE ROAD CAMPUS) NASHVILLE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CLARKSVILLE CAMPUS)
ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (OAK RIDGE CAMPUS) NORTHEAST STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (BLOUNTVILLE CAMPUS)
VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (GALLATIN CAMPUS) PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (HARDIN VALLEY CAMPUS)
WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (MORRISTOWN CAMPUS) ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CUMBERLAND COUNTY CAMPUS - CROSSVILLE)
  SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (MACON CAMPUS)
  VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (COOKEVILLE CAMPUS)
  WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (SEVIER CAMPUS)

Daily Time Commitment: The program is three weeks from either June 6-23 or July 11-28; program dates vary by location. All programs will run Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-1:05 PM. Lunch will be provided and will be FREE to you!

  • You also must plan to be available for your pre-test and post-test date in order to participate in the program. Please see below to determine your pre and post-test dates depending on the program you have selected.
    • If you selected a program running from June 6-23, you must be available:
      • June 1 for your pre-test
      • June 27 for your post-test
    • If you selected a program running from July 11-28, you must be available:
      • July 6 for your pre-test
      • August 1 for your post-test
    • You are required to participate in ALL three course subjects each day, regardless of need!

Advantages of the Program: Participants report feeling more prepared academically and socially after participating in the program. The Summer Bridge Program gives you a great sense of what college may be like for you in the fall. Last summer, 89% of students improved their scores or tested out of their required remedial courses!

Eligibility

If you can answer YES to the questions below, the Summer Bridge Program is a great fit 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?

NOTE: Any TN Promise eligible student is welcome to participate in a Summer Bridge Program; however, it is important to note that the ACCUPLACER scores do not transfer to every institution. Please check with your college prior to participating in the program to ensure your scores will be accepted at the institution you are planning to attend!

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this program impacted by COVID-19? Students who participate are required to follow all COVID-19 policies laid out by the institution.

Is it mandatory to participate? The program is 100% optional for students!

Is the program free? Yes! The program is free to students. We provide all of the necessary supplies and lunch each day.

What is a remedial course? A remedial course is a course 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 courses. 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 your remedial courses, 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 college-level. 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 course? Yes! Every student in the program is required to participate in all three courses.

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 facilitating the program. 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 course 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 courses 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.