Free university courses this summer


Photo: The Delaware Community College summer campus is very welcoming. Southwestern high school graduates can be present virtually for bridging math and English classes aimed at preparing them to succeed in college or be productive in their jobs.

Virtual bridging courses in developmental English and mathematics

Seats are filling up for the three free Zoom courses offered this summer by Delaware County Community College as part of PA’s state-funded Act 101 program. It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and open to all residents of Pennsylvania. The program is designed to provide instructional support services, strengthen academic skills, and increase confidence in a student’s ability to succeed.

Basic requirements include residency in the state, a sufficient score on a placement exam, and eligibility for financial assistance. Applicants who qualify, however, must purchase the required books for their courses.

The Act 101 Summer Program is an intensive, tuition-free, 7-week summer bridging program aimed at making a student’s transition to college life smooth and meaningful. The program is designed to enhance the skills you need for your academic success and individual growth. Qualified students must purchase textbooks for the Summer Bridge program.

Students who have taken these DCCC courses find themselves better prepared to continue their education at two- and four-year colleges or help them secure careers in a wide variety of industries and occupations. They report developing skills to make better decisions, improve time management, communicate more effectively, and plan for future success.

Classes include developmental reading, developmental English (including speech), and basic or developmental math. Tutoring is required with professional educators and assistance with computer use and word processing is available. Group and individual counseling sessions help explore career and personal development. The summer program tuition fees are free for eligible students.

The registration process for the Summer Bridge program involves first applying to the DCCC (, taking the DCCC placement test (610-325-2776), applying for financial aid at www.fafsa .gov and apply for law. Program 101

(Information for this article was provided by Karyn Lynch, Philadelphia School District Student Support Services Manager | Office of Student Support Services through Southeastern Pennsylvania Network’s Venard Johnson for family health, education and welfare. Those who would like assistance in applying for Act 101 courses, you can contact him at 267-595-3178 or via


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