Summer Bridge at CSUB

June 14, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's Summer Bridge program, which helps incoming freshmen prepare for the rigors of university work, kicks off Saturday, June 23, and runs through Friday, July 20.

Summer Bridge, operating at CSUB since 1983, consists of a four-week residential program that assists about 160 Educational Opportunity Program incoming freshmen in making the transition from high school to the university. It offers courses in math, English, research and study skills. 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. Data shows overall first-time freshman will persist and matriculate towards graduation over those students that don't attend Summer Bridge. It's a lot of fun but it's a lot of work. It's like an entertaining, academic boot camp."

The students are coming from CSUB's local service area, 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 have the opportunity to advance in their remedial course work before enrollment. Students that are short a semester to a year in high school 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 attend a Bakersfield Brigade soccer game as one of their community building activities. Powell said there will also be a water fight on the last Saturday. "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 23 July 20
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.

For income guidelines for reduced price meals by family size please call Richard "Rocky" Maraccini at (661) 654-3219 or e-mail

For additional information about Summer Bridge, please contact Powell, Maraccini or Steve Walsh at (661) 654- 3124.

Any person who believes they have been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to:

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