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Intensive Summer Chemistry Program at Hartnell Provides Catalyst for Success

August 11th, 2012

There is no better predictor of college success and completion than success in science and math. Yet, many entering college students lack the preparation to succeed in these important fields, and feel anxious about even trying.

Enter Chemistry Academy at Hartnell College. Chemistry Academy is an intensive, one-week science-fest that uses the latest learning technology to get entering students over the confidence hump and into college-level chemistry courses.

Beginning Monday, August 13, the Academy will help students thrive in chemistry classes by focusing on enhancing their study skills, increasing their fluency in basic chemistry concepts, and building familiarity with science, the college, and their peers.

The Academy is a fun, comprehensive program that covers everything from time management, memory skills, and identifying success goals, to active learning techniques, scientific observation, and how to get the most out of a science text book. Most importantly, at the end of the week, students will feel comfortable and confident in a chemistry lab, on a college campus, and among other inquiring young minds.

"This pilot program is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to become academically competitive in the important STEM fields," said Lucas Cantin, chemistry instructor.

"Reducing the time to degree completion is currently a national focus, particularly for community colleges," said Dr. Willard Lewallen, president of Hartnell College. "Efforts such as the Chemistry Academy are exemplary approaches to enhancing student success in the sciences. Anything we can do to help students reach their academic goals in a timely fashion is a priority for us."

For more information about the Chemistry Academy week-long program, please contact Dr. Kelly Locke at klocke@hartnell.edu, or 831-770-7018.