Summer Bridge: Helping New Students Forge a Path to Success

While summer term is usually a quieter time on campus, there are at least 200 fresh faces roaming the halls getting a taste of what life at Chemeketa is like.

Chemeketa’s newly launched Summer Bridge program is wrapping up its first week July 12 and welcoming new groups of students for an intensive four-day itinerary July 16, 23 and 30. From participating in art, theater and science demonstrations to learning about student services and writing scholarship essays, Summer Bridge students are earning a credit for CG100 “Preparing for College” and qualifying for a $1,200 First Generation Scholarship.

Funded by a grant from Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the Summer Bridge program “supports equitable access to higher education by increasing the number of underserved, low-income and first-generation college-bound students who enroll in college,” says CAMP Director Liliana Landa-Villalba. “Students are learning essential study skills, systems to support their success and develop connections with peers and college staff.”

Summer Bridge is a multi-departmental collaboration supporting students.

Bridge students working on a project in class.
Bridge students working on a project in class.

Bridge students participate in a photo scavenger hunt across campus

Bridge students participate in a photo scavenger hunt across campus
Bridge students participate in a photo scavenger hunt across campus
Students start the day with an improv class.
Students start the day with an improv class.