AMC Welcomes Freshmen for a Summer Bridge Program
July 22, 2013
Anna Maria College announces that its Third Annual Esther’s Dream Bridge Program for incoming freshmen welcomed its first group of students on July 21, 2013. Over 100 full-time freshmen are registered for this unique week-long program that will be held in two separate sessions on the AMC Paxton Campus.
Supported with a grant from the Esther’s Dream Foundation, associated with the Sisters of Saint Anne, the Esther’s Dream Bridge Program is designed to provide freshmen students with an opportunity to experience campus life prior to the start of their first academic semester. The program helps to prepare students for the challenges of college-level course work through academic preparation, enriched learning experiences, and engaging co-curricular activities.
Past participants have indicated that after taking part in the Esther’s Dream Program they felt better prepared for the start of their college career, both socially and academically. They were also quick to add that they made new friends and connections with the entire campus community.
Esther’s Dream’s primary focus is academic rigor and preparation. After two years of the program, over 90% of the student participants have achieved college grades higher than their high school grades.
The program is open to all incoming AMC freshmen free of charge and includes housing and meals. It also offers parents the opportunity to spend a half-day at Anna Maria to experience what their students will be experiencing when they attend college in the fall.