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The Becker College Gateway Program is designed to give you a head start before your freshman year even begins. This three-week summer program provides you with the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed academically during your first year of college. Included in the Gateway Program are a math foundations course, English foundations course, Technology and Society course, the Student Success Workshop, and a variety of activities that will help you transition to Becker College.
Students who successfully complete the Gateway Program during the summer are at an advantage when the fall semester begins. Completion of the foundations course or Technology and Society course gives you room in your fall schedule for another course and helps you gain valuable tools for success as a college student. Best of all, participation in the Gateway Program is affordable. The $650 registration fee includes on-campus dining and accommodations, as well as student activities.
» Math or English Foundations Course
» Technology and Society Course
» The Student Success Workshop
» On-Campus Experience
» Online Experience
» Gateway Mentors
» Benefits of Participation in the Gateway Program
Studies have shown that, across the nation, up to 40% of incoming freshmen need foundations courses in math in order to succeed at the college level.
At Becker College, placement in the foundations course is determined by each student’s skill level assessed during Accuplacer placement testing. Normally, students are placed into these courses during the fall semester of the first year. The Gateway Program provides students with the opportunity to complete the required foundations courses during the summer, before the school year begins.
While these courses do not count toward graduation credit, their completion is required before moving to college level courses.
Technology and Society is a course that all Becker College students are required to take in order to graduate from the College. The purpose of this course is to develop a higher level of student awareness of the social, legal and ethical issues related to the role of technology in society today. Technology and Society is offered for students who have not placed in a foundations course, but still would like to be a part of the Gateway Program.
In addition to the foundations course, Gateway Program students participate in the Student Success Workshop, a hands-on program designed to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at the college level. Students work with Becker College faculty to create strategies for time management, techniques to embrace diversity, and engage in experiential learning opportunities that promote character development and social responsibility.
The Gateway Program is designed to provide an on-campus experience for residential students. Those participating in the program live and dine on campus at no additional cost. Residence hall living helps students meet new people and build friendships. When classes begin, Gateway Program students already feel right at home at Becker College.
If the residential Gateway Program does not suit your needs, you may be interested in the Online Gateway Program. Students begin the course the week of June 10-June 14 and complete it at their own speed prior to August 23, 2012. No additional cost besides purchasing related text books is required. This option is ideal for students who work full time over the summer, or those who cannot live on campus for 3 weeks in the summer for the residential Gateway Program.
Since taking an online course is very much a self-guided course, we suggest students contact the Director of FYE to discuss this option before registering. Math foundations courses are offered online.
Option A: Gateway (Residential)
A.) MATF 1001: Foundations for College Math & Student Success Workshop
B.) ENGF 1001: Foundations of Writing & Student Success Workshop
C.) INFO 1001: Technology and Society (3 credits)
Option 2: Online Gateway
A.) MATF 1001: Foundations for College Math
B.) MATF 1002: Math for Health Sciences (Nursing and Vet students)
Students will have an additional layer of support during the program with the Gateway Mentor. These mentors consist of upperclassmen that are trained to help students transition to the College and support them throughout the Gateway Program. Mentors will be connecting with their group of students, and will encourage students to share their ideas in an online community and also support each other as they progress in the same course of study.