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    Bridge Community Program

Bridge Community Program

Dates: August 9 - 20

The Aquinas College Bridge Community Program starts in August two weeks prior to the Fall student orientation.

The Aquinas Bridge Community introduces participants to the academics, people and experiences at Aquinas College prior to the start of the academic year. The objectives of the program help underprepared students develop key skills to get off to a successful start in college as well as prepared students to advance more confidently in their transition to college. Upon completion of the two week program, the participants are offered ongoing support as they traverse their first year of college.


Damon Bouwkamp
Director of Admissions
Aquinas College
(616) 632-2863

Joseph Fox, M.Ed.
Career Coach
Aquinas College
(616) 632-2176

Sara Haviland
Assistant Director
Center for Opportunities, Resources and Excellence (CORE) Aquinas College
(616) 632-2167

Brian Matzke
Associate Vice President of Student Success
Aquinas College
(616) 632-2073


Students take the following two courses during their two weeks in the program

SD 101: Achieving Academic Success
The focus for this class is for students to recognize their responsibilities as a student, to successfully assimilate into the college community, to discover their own learning preferences and how to utilize their learning style; acquire, practice, and integrate time management, goal setting, reading and memory strategies; discover study strategies and test-taking techniques; and to learn how to maintain physical and mental health in the college environment.

CD 100: Career & Self Awareness
Theoretical and practical study that assists students with identifying their skills, interests, abilities, goals, and values as they relate to careers. With this information, students explore disciplines that may be a good fit. Students write a resume, discuss employment trends, learn interviewing techniques, and plan for internships and/or study abroad opportunities.

Sample Day

8:30am- Breakfast
9am-noon- SD 101 Achieving academic Success
Noon- Lunch
12:45pm-1:30pm- Investigation Activities
1:30pm-3:30pm- CD 100 Career and Self Awareness
4pm-5pm- Faculty office hours
5pm- Dinner
6pm- Study tables and programming