For the past month, 26 young men have been participating in PTC's free, four-week College Prep for Success class designed to help prepare minority males for the demands of high school and college life.
On Friday, July 11, they will participate in a graduation ceremony beginning at noon at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock. The event is open to the college community.
During the course, the men have learned about time management, goal setting, learning styles, note-taking, reading, writing and test-taking strategies, as well as critical thinking and information literacy they will need as they cross over - or bridge - from high school into college.
Some of the students are in high school while others have recently graduated and will be going to college this fall, including nine who are headed to PTC.
"This is the fourth year Pulaski Tech has offered the summer bridge course, and this was our largest class to date," said Marcus Montgomery, one of the coaches with Pulaski Tech's Network for Student Success. "Ultimately, we hope to improve the retention and graduation rates of our minority males."
Students who successfully complete the course receive three college credit hours at Pulaski Technical College.