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Summer Bridge College Preparatory Program Opens

COM and 10,000 Degrees Partner to Prepare First-generation College Students

KENTFIELD, CA—July 15, 2014—The 10,000 Degrees/College of Marin Summer Bridge opened yesterday, welcoming 25 underserved, first-generation college students. The Summer Bridge is an intensive three-week college preparatory program with a combined focus on math and English skill-building, college success skills, and group bonding. The students are alumni from the 10,000 Degrees Institute, Canal Alliance Program, Huckleberry Youth Programs, and Madrone High School graduates.

Summer Bridge is the result of a fruitful collaboration between College of Marin and 10,000 Degrees administration and staff that has been several years in the making. College of Marin English, math, and counseling faculty will be teaching the academic coursework and 10,000 Degrees staff and current students will be facilitating the college success and cohort-bonding activities. Both the College and 10,000 Degrees are extremely proud of this effort and cannot wait to see the first-ever group of Summer Bridge students matriculate in the fall.

For over 30 years, 10,000 Degrees has been helping underserved students get to and through college at unprecedented rates—84 percent completion from four-year colleges versus 54 percent of all students nationwide. All of their students are from low-income backgrounds and over 90 percent of them will be the first in their families to attend college.

10,000 Degrees has provided $56 million in financial aid to students since its inception, $2.6 million awarded last year alone. Two hallmarks of the 10,000 Degrees program are its Institute, which includes summer intensives and yearlong college support, and the college success program, which supports students while they are in college.

College of Marin and 10,000 Degrees have worked together to build a strong partnership. Every academic year over 100 students from 10,000 Degrees enroll at the College.

About College of Marin
College of Marin has been providing exceptional educational opportunities for students of all ages since fall 1926. The Marin Community College District is comprised of two campuses; the Kentfield Campus, located in Kentfield, and the Indian Valley Campus, in Novato. College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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