LLCC Summer Program Increases Students’ Chances of College Success

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As I sit down to write this short article, the headlines are filled with stories about a heat wave and crowded tourist destinations. Summer is in full swing and although some students are taking classes at Lincoln Land Community College, many prospective students are enjoying the summer before heading off to college for the first time this fall.

College continues to be a great opportunity for students to learn knowledge, skills, and habits that can help them succeed in achieving their goals. Whether a student has just graduated from high school or is entering university after a period of absence from school, it is important to prepare for success at the college level. Most colleges offer students some kind of orientation and many services to help them succeed. The benefits of taking advantage of these can be great.

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Last summer, LLCC launched a new service for residents of the district. Many students who headed to college last fall had spent time outside of the classroom the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the college made the decision to offer all students planning to attend college for the first time in the fall an opportunity to get a head start on success in learning environments in face to face. This new program was called Summer Boost and the intent was to increase students’ chances of success when attending college in person for the first time.

In the first year of the program, classes were offered to prepare students for math and English. These are two important general education courses that are required by almost every college in the country. Many new students end up taking these courses during their freshman year of college. More than 30 students enrolled in the first year of Summer Boost, and about half of them ended up taking math or English classes at LLCC in the fall or spring semester.

For Summer 2022, LLCC is pleased to announce that it will once again be offering Summer Boost. This year, in addition to math and English, students will be able to choose a college success skills course. This new course offering will teach everything from basic skills like time management to skills like test taking, note taking, and reading that can help students succeed in many courses.

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This year’s Summer Boost will run from July 18 to August 4. Classes are held over four days for each of the three weeks, Monday through Thursday. English Boost will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. College Success Skills will be from 1-2 p.m. Math Boost will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students taking a combination of morning and afternoon classes will be able to have lunch at Quiznos in the LLCC Student Union. Summer Boost is offered free to everyone in the neighborhood and includes classes, all materials, a T-shirt, and lunch for those in attendance all day. Anyone interested in signing up for Summer Boost for 2022 can get more information at https://www.llcc.edu/boost.

Habits and skills for success are most effective when practiced and adopted over time. Summer Boost allows students to start building good skills and habits over the course of three weeks while working on some basic knowledge in English, math or basic study skills. At LLCC, we look forward to helping residents in our district prepare for college, no matter where they go in the fall.

Joel Dykstra, Ed.D., is the Dean of English and Humanities at Lincoln Land Community College.

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