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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Jessica Wilder, New Haven Adult School

Bridge course paves way to community college for adult learners

The Challenge

The idea of attending college can be intimidating for adult school students, who often are not sure what to expect and may not have the skills needed to succeed in a college environment, including computer skills.

The Solution

To address this issue, the Southern Alameda County Consortium developed a five-week English as a second language bridge class designed to help students from the adult schools successfully transition from their adult school to Ohlone College. The course was taught at an adult school by a college instructor, though the 25 students enrolled also received support from the adult school teachers. AEBG funds were used to pay for the college instructor and course materials. The course introduced students to college expectations and included a college tour. Students visited a college ESL class and had a presentation by college student services faculty and staff.


The initial bridge class gave students confidence and inspiration and made the idea of transitioning to the community college less intimidating. Since the initial bridge class, additional sessions have been offered in both winter and summer, at multiple locations.

The Data

In the initial course, one hundred percent of the students said they expected to take classes at Ohlone College, and, in fact, 88 percent (22 of the 25) of the students subsequently enrolled in community college courses.

Supporting Information

SACC ESL bridge class presentation

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