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Summer Bridge at CSUB
  June 22, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield's Summer Bridge program, which supports incoming freshmen to prepare for the rigors of university work, kicks off Saturday, June 24, and runs through Saturday, July 22.

Summer Bridge, operating at CSUB since 1983, typically consists of a four-week residential program that assists about 160 Educational Opportunity Program incoming freshman in making the transition from high school to the university. It offers courses in math, writing and ethnic studies; academic advising, tutorials, workshops, and other activities are also included in the four-week experience. Students will earn nine units of credit toward graduation. They will live in the residence halls and receive meals at no cost.

Keith Powell, CSUB EOP director, said participants benefit from personalized attention, individualized instruction, and accessibility to campus resources. "It's a real worthwhile program for first-time freshman," he said. "They get to know the university even before the fall quarter starts." He said that data shows that first-time freshman who attend Summer Bridge are more likely to persist and matriculate towards graduation than those students who don't attend Summer Bridge.

"It's a lot of fun but it's a lot of work," Powell said. "It's like an entertaining, academic boot camp."

The Summer Bridge students are coming from CSUB's local service area (Kern, Inyo and Mono counties, southern Tulare County and northern Los Angeles County), from as far north as Humboldt County and as far south as San Diego County. The students are identified based on their GPA and test scores. They will be able to complete some remedial course work before enrollment. Students that are short a semester to a year in English and/or math will be able to make that up during Summer Bridge to become admissible to CSUB.

Class schedules run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free tutoring will be available in the afternoon. Students will be able to work on academic advising and financial aid to assure they are prepared for the fall quarter. Plenty of recreational activities have also been planned for the students, including ice-cream socials and movie nights. They will even get a free trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain as one of their community building activities. Powell said there will also be a water fight at Hart Park. "Everybody gets wet. That's one of the rules," he laughed. "If the president shows up he must get wet."

The Summer Bridge program is participating in the summer food service program. Meals will be provided to all eligible students free of charge. To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential camp, students must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program.

Students who are part of households that receive food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

June 24-July 22
CSUB Dining Commons
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield 93311

Breakfast: 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The income guidelines for reduced price meals by family size are as follows:
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For more information about Summer Bridge, please contact Powell at (661) 654- 3124, or Richard "Rocky" Maraccini at (661) 654-3219 or

Persons who believe they have been discriminated against in any U.S. Department of Agriculture-related activity should write or call immediately to:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)