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March 23rd, 2010


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Western Wake Campus Offers New Summer Program

CARY, N.C. (March 23, 2010) - High school graduates who want to get a jump start on their college careers can begin taking classes this summer at Wake Tech's Western Wake Campus in Cary. "Jump Start" is an intensive, six-week program that includes the classes most needed by new students in two-year associate degree programs. The goal is to help these students be better prepared as they enter college in the fall. Classes will run Monday through Friday, from June 15 through July 27.

"More than half of the students starting at Wake Tech need some form of pre-curriculum - or remedial - education before they can begin taking college-level courses," says James Roberson, Dean of the Western Wake Campus. "This program is designed to give those students an early start on their studies, so they have a better chance of academic success."

Jump Start pre-curriculum courses include:

  1. Math 070, Introductory Algebra - the pre-requisite for Intermediate Algebra (Math 080), Mathematical Models (115), Algebra & Trigonometry (121), Survey of Mathematics (140), and other math and science courses.
  2. Math 080, Intermediate Algebra - the pre-requisite for Statistics (Math 151), College Algebra (Math 161), and Pre-Calculus (Math 171).
  3. Reading 090, Improved College Reading - a pre-requisite for Expository Writing (English 111).
  4. English 090, Composition Strategies - a pre-requisite for English 111 and a number of history, humanities and social science courses.

Interested students must apply to Wake Tech and take the COMPASS placement test by April 29, 2010. Those who do not require pre-curriculum courses after taking the placement test will be offered selected curriculum classes during the six-week period. Support services at the Western Wake Campus include the Learning Resource Center with a library, an Individualized Learning Center for tutoring, an open computer lab and a student lounge with wireless access.

Jump Start is a pilot program that may be replicated throughout the College in the future. For more information visit http://specialprograms.waketech.edu or call 335-1050.

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