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New Program ‘Builds Bridges’ To College

PALM DESERT – Valley 4th graders are getting an early look into life as a college student through College of the Desert’sBridges to Success program.

The program closes the gap between kindergarten and college, teaching young students that anything is possible.

Through the program, college students team up with young students in the Valley. They act as mentors and encourage the students to start thinking of their future now.

Many young students have never considered college or their future. COD student Jeff Warry says he can relate. As a child he thought college was out of reach. Now, he’s not only a college student, but he’s encouraging young students to follow his lead.

“We need more kids in college,” says Warry.

Students involved on both sides can earn academic credits and scholarships. It’s a win-win situation as they help each other overcome barriers and doubts.

“They can walk through this imaginary line, obstacles that we call life and make it to college,” says Dr. Ralph Plum, COD’s foundation executive director.

With inspiration and interaction with college students, young students are learning to dream big.

“I want to go to college so I can grow up and get a degree and become a geologist or a doctor,” says 4th grader Cozette Nash.

For more information on the Bridges to Success program, visit www.codfoundation.org.

KESQ News Team

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