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C3R Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about C3R

What is C3R? C3R stands for The Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R). C3R is a coalition of concerned individuals and organizations in the tri-county area, Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties working together to increase the college and career readiness of high school graduates.

What are the C3R goals? Through partnerships and a common agenda, the Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) will seek to ascertain the gap between high school and first - year college and career readiness skills, increase academic success for students PK - post secondary, increase the college-going rate, improve college readiness and reduce the number of high school students in the tri - county area requiring developmental course work.

Why has the C3R been formed? C3R has been formed to address the situation in which many new college students - most are high school graduates - find themselves. In a nutshell, required placement assessments show many students are not prepared for college. To address this situation, most colleges and universities, including LCC, offer courses in - and charge college tuition for - reading, writing and mathematics courses that do not lead to a college degree. In 2013, 62% of students entering Lansing Community College who had graduated from high school took at least one college-preparatory class in reading, writing or math.

What will C3R do? The Coalition will be organized into action teams. These teams will examine aspects of P-20 education, the college going experience and workforce development to identify areas where improvements can be made.

Will LCC "fix" the schools? No. LCC is one among many C3R partners. Any "fix" will come from collective thinking and action. LCC will contribute ideas like any other C3R partner and provide an opportunity for partners to convene.

Who can get involved? Everyone. It is urgent that the tri-county area residents keen on student success get involved. Faculty and staff of the public schools in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties, Post - Secondary staff and faculty, business, industry, community coalitions, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations must all see C3R as a part of their work.

What is the first step? "Passport to Success": Coalition for College and Career Readiness Summit. This summit is a call to action. LCC will host the summit on January 14, 2015, at its West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, just north of Mount Hope Highway between Creyts Road and Snow Road in Delta Township. The building is visible from I-496.

What is a Bridge Program? The Summer Bridge program is a component of C3R. Bridge programs are an accepted and effective way of strengthening core college-level skills. They are offered at colleges and universities all over the U.S. and most commonly occur the summer before a student's first semester in college.

What happens at the C3R Summer Bridge Program? In the C3R Summer Bridge Program students can expect to learn what it is like to be a college student while increasing their reading skill and building confidence. The Summer Bridge Program arms students for the challenging demands of college. It is offered on LCC's main campus.

Who can participate in the C3R Summer Bridge Program at LCC? Recent high school graduates in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties who have completed AccuPlacer Assessments are encouraged to apply for the Bridge Program.

What strategies are in place to ensure success? Like many LCC classes, the Bridge Program offers small class sizes, expert instructors, wrap-around campus services and small group assistance. To make sure students stay on pace, the Summer Bridge Program uses student progress reports.

What are wrap-around services? Colleges and universities offer more than classes. They offer the support services students need to earn their certificates and degrees. Some of these services are academic advising, counseling, financial aid, and tutoring. The Bridge Program includes these services and more.

Will participating in the C3R Summer Bridge Program help me to get a job? Not directly. The Bridge experience provides the skills needed to compete.

Will students be able to relate to the Bridge instructors? Bridge instructors are selected for experiences, education and specialization that relate to Bridge students. Some instructors have taught in high school and some have worked with new college students.

Will participating in the Bridge program help me feel more comfortable on campus? Absolutely! Bridge students learn the campus during the slower summer session, so when fall semester starts they feel at home.

How long is the C3R Summer Bridge Program? The Bridge Program is the length of the regular LCC summer session. That is 8 weeks.

Is there a cost to students? Not at this time, all tuition, fees and cost of textbooks are paid for Bridge students. This totals an estimated $1,000 in college value.

I see. If I have other questions, who do I contact? Call LCC K-12 Relations Office, Coalition for College and Career Readiness, Elaine Miles, Lead Support, at (517)483-9658 or send an e-mail to

K-12 Relations at Lansing Community College

Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R)
Mackinaw Building, Room 214
Phone: (517) 483-9658
Fax: (517) 483-9703
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