The new college summer academy, funded by MPS, offers three levels of reading and writing classes on the MCTC campus to students from MPS high schools who speak English as a second or other language. “This academy accelerates the graduation rates for ELL students,” said Elia Bruggeman, deputy education officer for MPS. “They’re incredibly intelligent students who are simply behind in classes because they’re in need of access to English education.”
Taught by MCTC instructors, the courses offer current and recently graduated high school students structure and curriculum over the summer months to ensure they begin the subsequent academic year with extra English instruction.
“The program accelerates not only high school students, but students going into college as well,” said Kristy Snyder, MCTC dean of Academic Foundations. “After the program, students arrive ready to access college English classes. It’s transforming how we think of ELL instruction.”
Washburn High School student Nathaly Carchi stepped out of her class with MCTC ESOL Instructor Jeff Hoover to speak to Univision about her experience in the program. “I have one year left of high school,” she said. “This summer I’m going to school and interning with Mortenson Construction through the STEP-UP program.”
“College isn’t just for students who start out at a higher level; it really is for everyone,” said Snyder. “With programs like these students visualize themselves at college. It helps them launch their future.”
Photo: MPS Deputy Education Officer Elia Bruggeman and MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa speak about the summer academy with Univision.