EMCC summer classes offer college credits with a stipend

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Recent high school graduates have the opportunity to take a couple of college summer school classes, receive five college credits, plus get paid $35 per day for going to classes.

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is able to offer a five-week “Math Success Camp” for recent high school graduates who have already taken their college placement test and able to take Math 121 (MAT121), Intermediate Algebra. The grant is specific to underrepresented students who have an interest in exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors or careers.

The $35 daily stipend is provided to allow students the ability to focus on their studies and success, rather than trying to balance summer school studies with a summer job.

In addition to receiving four college credits for the math class, students will be enrolled in a one-credit class called “Creating College Success,” or AAA115, plus receive free math tutoring and participate in a STEM career presentations every Thursday with successful professionals sharing their career stories.

The five-week program is May 27 through June 26, 2014 with classes held on Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m, at the EMCC campus in Avondale, located at Dysart and Thomas Roads. Priority application deadline is May 6, 2014. There is a $15 registration fee. Notification of acceptance will be by May 12. Application form, instructions and information can found online at http://www.estrellamountain.edu/divisions/mathematics-engineering-physics/stem-summer-bridge-program

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Estrella Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to approximately 15,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. The satellite campus, EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, is located in downtown Buckeye. Estrella Mountain is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, and in the 2012-13 academic year, celebrates 50 years of providing accessible and affordable higher education.  www.estrellamountain.edu or www.maricopa.edu .