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Students Apply Hard Work and Determination at STEP/CAP

Written by Arielle Cotoia

Willimantic, Conn. - On June 26, more than 70 students hoping to enroll in Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall will arrive on campus to begin the 28th year of the Summer Transition at Eastern Program/Contract Admission Program (STEP/CAP). Classes will begin June 27.

            Through August 5, students from Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Waterbury, Willimantic and from out-of-state will attend intensive credit-bearing courses in math and writing, as well as rigorous workshops in social sciences, library research methods, public speaking, study skills and critical thinking. Those who are successful will be admitted as freshmen for Eastern's fall semester.

            Organized around the theme of "hard work and determination," students will come to campus having read selective readings that communicate the message "if you want something, you have to work hard for it," according to Margaret Hébert, director of STEP/CAP. Once the students begin classes, they will have additional readings to complete and discussions to participate in that follow the program theme.     

"For more than a quarter of a century, this program has made a difference," said Hébert. "We ask the students to be motivated, disciplined and ready to work hard to make the changes needed to start and then complete the transition from high school to college."

            Successful STEP/CAP students have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, insurance executives, government officials, personnel managers and much more - remarkable achievements for young people labeled in high school as incapable of college level work.

            Once students settle into Eastern and begin their classes, they will take a field trip to Boston, where they are scheduled to enjoy citywide trolley tours and visit historic spots such as the Freedom Trail.  


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