Free Math Prep Camp helps students place into higher-level courses

February 22, 2019

Are you considering going back to college but it’s been more than 10 years since you graduated from high school? Perhaps your math skills are a little rusty? Or maybe you’re a current college or high school student but your GPA is below 2.6 and math isn’t your strong suit?

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has just the thing for you!

Math Prep Camp, a free eight-day course, is designed to help you brush up on your basic math skills and place into a higher-level math course.

“That helps students save time and money toward their degrees or certificates,” said Stephanie Curry, Administrative Specialist for Title V, which sponsors the camp.

Curry said tutors from the Academic Success Center help facilitate the course, which is held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25-28 and March 4-7 in Rooms 147 and 148 in Mariposa Hall.

“They are present to answer student questions,” she said.

The camp covers basic math skills including arithmetic and basic algebra, which students may see in MAT 081 or MAT 091.

EMCC offers four camps every year — one each in May, July, November, and February.

“An education plan is created with each new student so he or she knows exactly which classes to enroll in once registration opens,” said Yvette Morales-Moller, Student Services Specialist Sr. - Title V.

The camp is made possible through the Title V Grant -- Placement, Pathways and Prevention, which is awarded from the U.S. Department of Education.

“The focus of the grant is to support students to successfully complete their first year of college level coursework within the first year of enrollment,” Curry said.

The camp is free to attend, but students are asked to register at estrellamountain.edu/students/testing-services.

To learn more about the program, email Morales-Moller at Yvette.moller@estrellamountain.edu.

EMCC is at 3000 N. Dysart Road in Avondale.