Editorial Column for Daily Herald
For Publication: 4/30/08
HCC: Providing a
Bridge to the College Experience
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
President, Halifax Community College
Summer Bridge Program
2007 staff and students
Our Student Support Services (SSS)
will host the third annual Summer Bridge Program from June 23-27.
Summer Bridge has proven to be a success on Halifax Community
College's campus. A primary focus of the program is to create a
foundation that is instrumental in retaining students and developing
Summer Bridge is a program that provides students with the success
skills and motivation to persist in a college environment. The core
curriculum includes college-level math, English and science
preparation. It also focuses on relationship building with faculty
and staff, development of an educational and career vision, and
high-performance academic and career success skills.
This year's program will be held June 23-27 on HCC's campus. It will
include motivational speakers from the North Carolina Community
College System and others from across the state. Many students from
the local high schools who will graduate in June have already signed
up to participate in Summer Bridge. The program will be held from
9:00 a.m. to noon and caters to recent high school graduates as well
as other students who will enroll for the fall semester.
?It's a bridge to making the transition into post secondary
education,? says SSS Director Sherida Gholston. ?To date, the
program has helped around 100 students in the transition process? It
emphasizes that education is worthwhile and helps to lower student
anxiety about graduation and employment.?
Participants learn college survival skills, career development, time
management and note taking tips. They also learn about leadership
skills and how to prepare for exams, reports and assignments.
Students receive study hints and shortcuts, as well as academic
Students who are admitted to the SSS Summer Bridge Program will
participate in the week-long
program and receive comprehensive orientation to campus and academic
requirements. They will also be exposed to freshman level or
preparatory level classes, get to meet key college faculty, staff,
and administrators, and receive college transfer advisement.
In addition to academics, students will have the opportunity to
participate in a fun-filled, cultural activity. Last year, students,
faculty and staff of the program participated in a two-day event
that included a trip to New York City to see ?The Color Purple? and
a tour of Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa.
Upon completion of the Summer Bridge Program, students are adjusted
to college life and well acquainted with the campus and important
college personnel. Plus, they have developed good study habits and
time management skills.
Summer Bridge is a federally funded program through SSS. For more
information and an application, contact Ms. Gholston at (252)
From the President's Perspective, I want to encourage everyone who
will be enrolling in college for the fall semester to consider
attending this program. It is so worthwhile and can greatly serve to
help its participants in bridging the gap from one educational
setting to another. It will also give you the opportunity to
understand the academic rigor and personal maturity needed to be
successful in your college career. I encourage students and parents
to call Ms. Gholston to check out this wonderful program provided by
Feel free to send me an email message at
with your thoughts or ideas. Also, to learn about our current or new
programs?stop by campus, call us at (252) 536-HCC1 (4221), or visit
us online at www.halifaxcc.edu.