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Summer Bridge students waiting to see Inspirational speaker Ernie G.
Summer Bridge Welcome and Registration Event
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Summer Bridge students
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Summer Bridge students after closing ceremony

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program offers several learning communities designed to increase students' academic and personal success through the structuring of the learning environment. Students participating in a learning community are enrolled in linked or clustered classes that are taught in a cooperative environment between instructors. There are various learning communities offered: Summer Bridge, Math Bridge, English Bridge and many more. Each learning community focuses on a specific academic need and has an assigned counselor to assist students. The Bridge Program is perfect for students who are underprepared academically, are economically disadvantaged, and need additional support in their first year at Mt. SAC. Bridge students also form lasting friendships. They tend to share educational goals, interests, and similar backgrounds. We work with students to promote their transfer success to universities. You might just find our program to be the "bridge" you need to cross over your obstacles to success!

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Summer Bridge Program

The Mt. SAC Summer Bridge Program is a 6 week program that supports graduating high school students to acclimate to college life, build connections and get over the fears of college.  Students refer to the Bridge Program as a community and family. Be part of our family and apply today!

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Fall & Spring Bridge Program

During the fall and spring semesters, the Bridge Program offers several learning communities.  Students will learn what it takes to succeed in college and beyond.  Students will work in teams, take field trips and receive tutoring in these courses.

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        History of the Bridge Program

        The Bridge Program began as the first learning community at Mt. San Antonio College, originally known as the Student Success Summer Academy.  The beginning foundation for this program was initiated in 1997, but first became available to students for the summer term of 1998.  The purpose of the program was to help students who just graduated from high school and prepare them for the rest of their journey in higher education.  The first class in 1998 consisted of 82 students.  These first-time college students experienced obstacles due to socio-economic and academic issues, but were given the support and the tools needed to overcome these challenges through the Student Success Summer Academy.  Courses that were offered, were basic skills writing and counseling courses.  They also had to participate in a "community" class.  The Student Success Summer Academy also offered great support from counselors, peer advisors, tutors, and other staff.  The success rate for the summer term  of 1998 was 96%. 

        Today, the Bridge Program celebrates 19 years of success, and continues to assist students transition from high school to college, through the Summer Bridge Program, the English Bridge and Math Bridge learning communities offered in the fall and spring semesters.  We serve over 350 students in the summer and over 500 students each semester. 

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      • Bridge Session Dates Icon Fall and Spring Information Session Dates

        We do not have any more  Information Sessions  scheduled for the fall semester.  If you are interested in adding  Bridge classes, you must attend the  first day of all the classes in the Cluster/Link of your choice and get add codes from the instructor. Once you have the add codes, you must enter all CRN's to register.

        Check back with us for Spring semester classes.

        Interested in attending a Bridge Information Session? Please follow these steps:

        1. A Mt. SAC student MUST attend one of the Bridge Information Sessions to be considered for enrollment into any of the Bridge Program learning communities. This session is an opportunity for students to find out about the Bridge Program and whether our learning communities will be a good fit academically for you.
        2. Please contact us at (909)274-5392 or visit us at the Student Success Center, Bldg. 9E (2nd Floor) to reserve your space at one of our Information Sessions. Space is limited!
        3. Please be prepared and have knowledge of your Mt. SAC student I.D. number and what courses you are eligible for.
        4. Limited seating is available in every session. Attendance at an Information Session does not guarantee enrollment into the Bridge Program classes. Availability of spaces in the Bridge Program learning communities are subject to change and are based on several factors such as, but not limited to: student’s placement test results, open spaces in our classes, and/or courses already taken either at Mt. SAC or another college.

        To request reasonable disability related accommodations please contact Esther Hernandez at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

      • Bridge Jobs Icon Bridge Jobs (Hiring Now)

        The Bridge Program is now hiring!

        Fill out and print an application below or stop by our office to pick one up.                                            Applications are due November 30.

        Bridge Peer Advisors

        Bridge Peer Advisors are a highly motivated and mature group of students who are committed to helping other students by providing support through peer mentoring.

        Bridge Office Staff

        The Bridge Program’s office assistant will help maintain an efficient office environment by providing support to faculty and professional staff in the office.

        Recommendation Form

        Recommendation Form - You will need 2 Copies

        Student Academic Progress Report Form

        Progress Report Form


Bridge Program Staff

Bridge Program Staff   Email Address                     
Anabel Perez Learning Communities Counselor/Coordinator  aperezAT_mtsac.edu  
Lyssette Trejo-Espinoza Learning Communities Counselor     ltrejoAT_mtsac.edu  
Jolene Chong Program Coordinator  jchong13AT_mtsac.edu  
Sandra Padilla Educational Advisor  sandra.padillaAT_mtsac.edu  
Lynn Matthiesen Student Services Program Specialist lmatthiesenAT_mtsac.edu  
Esther Hernandez Administrative Specialist ehernandeznunezAT_mtsac.edu  

Contact Us

Monday-Thursday    8:00 A.M. -  5:00 P.M.                Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
  Building 9E, 2nd Floor
 (909) 274-5392


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