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Building Bridges to Success at Galveston College

 

Building Bridges to Success (BBS) at Galveston College in Galveston, Texas, is a Student Support Services program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides intensive academic and student support services to currently enrolled first generation, low-income, or disabled students. Program objectives include: to increase retention rates, to increase course completion rates, to increase graduation rates, to increase transfer rates and to provide an institutional climate to encourage student success. Academic tutoring provides instructional support for remedial and credit courses. Master tutors are local community professionals who are actively employed or retired, and peer tutors are program participants who demonstrate academic excellence in selected content areas. Career counseling and exploration activities provide access to career options, employment trends, and career interest inventories. Personal counseling and referral services direct students to services provided by other on-campus departments, local community agencies or organizations, and/or private clinicians.  The mentoring program promotes student success whereby each program participant is matched with three mentors: (1) campus mentors (volunteers from the College’s faculty and staff), (2) peer mentors (selected program participants), and (3) community partners/career awareness mentors (local community professionals representing various career areas). Other activities include student leadership conferences, campus visits to four-year colleges and universities, research symposiums, and cultural performances. Participants are further supported with a textbook lending library, access to communal office support (computers, copier, fax, and phone) and monthly group meetings where they can learn about employment opportunities and more.  Participants are encouraged to participate in community service activities as well.

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