Bridges to the Baccalaureate
What is Bridges to the Baccalaureate?
Bridges to the Baccalaureate is a comprehensive academic support and guidance program
between Allan Hancock College (AHC) and California Polytechnic State University, San
Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) for students from underrepresented demographic groups who wish
to transfer to a four-year university and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral
sciences. Bridges to the Baccalaureate is funded by the prestigious National Institutes
of Health Division of Minority Opportunities in Research. This program is designed
to give Bridges' scholars the academic skills, research experience, and support network
necessary for academic and success in these fields at the university level, and successful
application and acceptance to graduate level and professional degree programs.
Bridges Scholars will have the opportunity to enroll in:
- A student-faculty program to receive guidance from AHC faculty
- "Strategies for Success" online tutorial to improve study skills
- A workshop series for core science courses to help you succeed academically
- An advanced gross anatomy laboratory course to give you hands-on experience in human
- A paid summer research internship at Cal Poly where you will plan and carry out a
research project with Cal Poly faculty in biological sciences, biochemistry, biomedical
engineering, or behavioral sciences.
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"I came from Mexico at age17, which meant I not only had to learn English at a High School level, but had to prepare for college-level courses. During my first semesters at AHC I enrolled in ESL, and made extensive use of their writing lab, which I believe was critical in my transition to transfer level classes. Engineering is a difficult major on its own, but learning all those concepts and terminology while just getting out of ESL classes was a challenge. AHC professors, counselors and programs were key to my success."
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