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CACC to hold educational ‘boot camp’

Published 11:59am Saturday, May 4, 2013

Central Alabama Community College is aiming to help high school students polish up on some essential skills before going to the next level.

CACC will hold its free Summer Boot Camp to help high school students brush up on their math, English and reading skills.

There will be four two-week sessions at all three CACC locations starting June 10, June 24, July 8 and July 22.

Kathleen Thompson, math instructor and Title III project director with CACC, said the camp is a part of a U.S. Department of Education Title III grant, worth $2 million over five years, that helps students prepare for college-level work.

“One of the goals of the grant is to decrease the number of developmental courses that our students will need to take,” Thompson said. “And the way to do that is to help remediate them a little bit before they get here. The grant is going to help pay for the instructors and the software for the camp.”

While the camp courses do not count toward a degree, Thompson said they will play a big part in helping high school students bypass remedial courses as well as prepare for the Compass Placement Exam.

“The courses will start from scratch and go back as far as they need to go,” Thompson said. “A lot of times, students come in and they don’t take the Compass seriously or they haven’t looked at a math or English book since the last time they took those classes, so they don’t know what to expect. Since they don’t do very well, they get put into developmental courses.

“Those are the students we’re really aiming at.”

Times for all four sessions will be determined closer to the session start dates, and Thompson is aiming to have at least one math, one reading and one English instructor at each session.

Thompson said she is hoping to also go over study skills and financial aid details with students during each session.

In order to apply for the camps, contact Thompson at 256-215-4332.

Thompson recommends students take the Compass before applying in order to see if they need to attend the camp based on their scores.