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 confident both academically and socially as they prepare for their first semester of college! Register for the 2024 tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program by May 12, 2024 to participate!

Each program is 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 on the first day and the last day of the program. This is a huge benefit of the program, as it can help you gain a head start on your college courses!

 

Program Details

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How to Register: The registration process is super easy – it will take you less than 5 minutes! Simply click below to let us know you are interested in attending! 

Application Deadline: May 12, 2024

Location: tnAchieves is partnering with every Tennessee community college to offer 15 programs throughout the month of June (June 3 - 26). This is an in-person program – you will be required to attend the college campus you select for the full three weeks of the program. Please note, programs are offered in June and July. The program dates will vary depending on which community college campus you register for. Please pay close attention to the location and dates of the program you are interested in and mark your calendar!

College Campus
Chattanooga State Community College Main Campus (Chattanooga)
Cleveland State Community College Main Campus (Cleveland)
Columbia State Community College Main Campus (Columbia)
Dyersburg State Community College Main Campus (Dyersburg)
Jackson State Community College Main Campus (Jackson)
Motlow State Community College Smyrna Campus
Nashville State Community College Main Campus (White Bridge Road)
Nashville State Community College Clarksville Campus
Northeast State Community College Main Campus (Blountville)
Pellissippi State Community College Main Campus (Hardin Valley)
Pellissippi State Community College Blount County Campus
Roane State Community College Oak Ridge Campus
Southwest Tennessee Community College Macon Campus
Volunteer State Community College Main Campus (Gallatin)
Walters State Community College Morristown Campus

Daily Time Commitment: The program is for three weeks from June 3 - June 26.All programs will run Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM daily. Lunch will be provided and will be FREE to you!

You must plan to be available for the full duration of the program in order to participate (please see program dates below). On the first and last day of the program, you will take the ACCUPLACER placement exam. The remaining days of the program, you will receive instruction in math, reading and English each day in an effort to help you feel more confident at the end of the program and hopefully test into college level courses!

  • Please make arrangements to be in attendance for the dates listed below:
    • June 3 for your pre-test
      • Your exact testing time may depend on the program you choose. Additional details will be sent to you via email!
    • June 4-25 will be instruction days which means you will need to be present Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM daily.
      • There will be no program on June 19.
    • June 26 for your post-test.
      • Your exact testing time may depend on the program you choose. Additional details will be sent to you via email!

You are required to participate in ALL three course subjects each day, regardless of your test scores.

Advantages of the Program: Participants report feeling more prepared academically and socially after participating in the program. The Summer Bridge Program can help boost your confidence and give you a great sense of what college may be like for you in the fall. Last summer, 89% of students improved their scores and/or tested out of their required learning support classes!

Eligibility

If you can answer YES to the questions below, the Summer Bridge Program is a great opportunity 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 feeling more prepared and confident?

Please 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 college. Please check with your intended college prior to participating in the program to ensure your scores will be accepted at the college you are planning to attend in the fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory to participate in a Summer Bridge Program? 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 learning support course? A learning support 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 the first day of the program? If you test out of your learning support courses on the first day of the program (pre-test), 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 that plan to attend a TN Promise eligible institution in the fall. 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 one day or part of one day 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 will be removed from the program. Arriving late or leaving early is 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 all three courses 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 you throughout 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 intended 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 do not. It is very important to contact your intended 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 registered? If you no longer wish to participate after registering, please let tnAchieves know and we will remove you. 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!