Written by Chris Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - On June 25, more than 70 students from across the state hoping to enroll in Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall will arrive on campus to begin the 29th year of the Summer Transition at Eastern Program/Contract Admission Program (STEP/CAP). Classes begin June 27.
Through Aug. 3, students from Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Waterbury, Willimantic and 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. Once the students begin classes, they will have additional readings and discussions to participate in that follow the program theme. 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.
As part of this preparation for undergraduate life, this year's STEP/CAP students will also focus on John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry, V.A. In learning about this 1859 incident, students will be asked to read, write and reflect upon what it takes for people to organize and collaborate, simultaneously work together as a group and stand apart as individuals.
"The STEP/CAP program is about asking students to change and begin making changes to their lives," said Student Development Specialist Fredrick Hornung. "We challenge students to start walking in new directions by giving them opportunities to showcase their intelligence and drive through hard work. We have high expectations, knowing that each student is capable of becoming a successful college student."
Successful completion of STEP requires an overall 2.0 grade point average, which then qualifies a student to continue as a freshman at Eastern in the fall semester.