Bridges to the Baccalaureate

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What is Bridges to the Baccalaureate?

Bridges to the Baccalaureate is a new, comprehensive academic support and guidance program between Allan Hancock College (AHC) and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) for underrepresented minority students who wish to transfer to a four-year university and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Funded by the prestigious National Institutes of Health Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, this program will give Bridges scholars the academic skills, research experience, and support network necessary for success in these fields at the university level and successful application and acceptance to graduate programs in the future.

Bridges Scholars will have the opportunity to enroll in:

  • A student-faculty program to receive guidance from AHC faculty
  • A 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 cadaver dissection
  • 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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ESL Spotlight

Maria Ayala
ESL Student

"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014