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ERIC Number: EJ873959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Digital Bridges to Community College
Navarro, Diego James
Community College Journal, v76 n1 p20-23 Aug-Sep 2005
There is a growing population of young adults who are underserved by community colleges in the United States, students who are poorly prepared for college work and are at risk of poverty, social problems and failure to realize their full potential. Educational programs offered by community colleges represent this group's best hope of overcoming obstacles and moving into high-demand, high-wage jobs in knowledge-work fields, which require skills that are unfamiliar to these students. They need transformative education that helps them re-engage in learning. This article is about one model program that meets this need. The Digital Bridge Academy (DBA), developed at Cabrillo College's Watsonville Center campus in Santa Cruz County, California, serves a predominantly Latino population. This unique program provides a new model for serving under-prepared students that has shown great success with a group of students considered unlikely to succeed in college. It is a curriculum-based persistence model, designed to "light the fire within," and help students develop a true sense of self-efficacy and potential, and motivate them to engage in learning once again and claim a future they could not see before. Although this program is fairly new, it has already shown a high degree of success in working with a group of disadvantaged students who are not ready for college work. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California