2012-05-31 / Lifestyles

Bay College plans ‘boot camp’

ESCANABA – Bay College Boot Camp is offering students a chance to brush up on their skills and prepare for college in just eight days.

For students accepted to Bay College and wanting to refresh math, writing, and/or reading skills prior to the start of fall semester, Bay’s Boot Camps is available. These eight-day intensive Camps provide instruction in two areas: algebra and writing/reading (subjects integrated into one session). They offer participants the opportunity to refresh their skills, learn about college success strategies and test-taking skills, and practice the COMPASS assessment.

Camps will be offered on both Bay campuses June 11-14 and June 18-21. On the Escanaba campus, the Math Camps will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The Writing/ Reading Camp will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. On the West Campus, the Writing/Reading Camp will run from 8:30-11 a.m. CST, and the Math Camp will follow from 12:30-3 p.m. CST.

The camps are designed for new students whose ACT or COMPASS assessment scores indicate that they are not academically prepared for college-level math, reading, and/or writing courses. These students are required to complete Transitional Studies coursework prior to enrolling in college-level courses. Transitional Studies courses are designed to assist students in reaching their educational goals and are required prerequisites for many college-level courses. However, credits earned in these courses do not fulfill degree requirements.

“While Bay does offer semesterlong courses that prepare students for college-level work, Boot Camps offer students an accelerated option,” said Jennifer McCann, Transitional Studies coordinator at Bay College. The first Boot Camp was piloted in the summer of 2010 for students looking to refresh their math skills. The pilot was successful, so in June of 2011, eight-day Boot Camps were held in writing and reading, in addition to math, on both the Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses. At the end of the camps, students took the COMPASS assessment. Of the students who completed the Camp, 68 percent improved their COMPASS scores, and 42 percent tested out of at least one Transitional-level course, saving the students time and money.

Space is limited to 12 participants for each subject area per session, so students are encouraged to sign up soon. Student must take the COMPASS assessment, to determine eligibility for Boot Camp. To make an appointment to take the COMPASS, call (906) 217-4035. For more information, or to register for a Boot Camp on the Escanaba campus, please contact Jennifer McCann, Transitional Studies coordinator, at (906) 217-4006, (800) 221-2001, Ext. 4006, or via email at mccannj@baycollege.edu. To register for a West Campus Boot Camp in Iron Mountain, please contact Kari Divine, Academic Support Services coordinator, at (906) 302-3004, or Laura Moloney, Student Services coordinator, at (906) 302-3010.

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