Participants attend a minimum of four hours one Saturday per month during the academic year. Participants work with C2C staff and instructors on the skills necessary for entering college as well as: attend college visits, academic and career assessments, ACT readiness, student success workshops, technical writing, and financial aid assistance. As well as our Senior participants focus more on college readiness skills such as essay writing as required by most scholarship applications, understanding financial aid and money management, and campus life 101 and how to navigate the college enrollment process.
Parents are also encouraged to attend Closer to College. Topics for parents on 21st Century issues and technology include teen issues, breakthroughs in digital technology, stress management, time management, communications skills, memory techniques, and hands-on activities.
The College Prep Academy (CPA) is a six-week summer residential program. For the first five weeks, participants spend half of each day attending core courses in math, science, composition, foreign language, and literature. The remainder of the day, participants are involved in a wide variety of student selected research projects. Each student is afforded one major project during the summer. Students are allotted daily, tutor-supervised study time. The evenings are divided between organized activities and free time. The College Prep Academy also implements self-esteem and community-building activities that increase the chances of high school and college success. During the sixth week of CPA, students who maintain a “C” average during the College Prep Academy are invited to attend a week-long cultural trip to a major US city. Previous trip locations include Washington D.C., Chicago, IL., San Antonio, TX., Denver, CO., and Pensacola, FL.
Bridge participants (students who have graduated from high school and are now making the transition, or bridge, from high school to college), are enrolled in six college credit hours at Crowder College during the College Prep Academy. The College Transition Project Coordinator works with the Bridge students tracking daily progress in their classes, meeting with each student individually to ensure college readiness, and providing other assistance as needed. Bridge participants are afforded the same privileges as CPA participants.