September 4, 2013 | Academics, Student Event
On Wednesday, September 4, Guttman Community College’s incoming class presented interpretive exhibits as the culminating assignment of this year’s Summer Bridge program. Students conducted field research assignments on August 27 to explore the unique aspects of 15 New York City neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, Chinatown, Roosevelt Island and the South Bronx. Each exhibit addressed the experiences of one of three groups of travelers to New York City: a family of four, a group of college students or a couple on vacation, and was grounded in observational and library-based research.
“The Gallery Walk gives students an opportunity to present their Summer Bridge projects to a wider audience of students, faculty and staff and to explore projects their fellow students have created. It marks the end of the Bridge program, so the atmosphere is celebratory. Since the Walk is set up in gallery format, students practice presentation skills in a different context than the classroom. We hope that the experience creates confidence they can carry with them into the fall semester,” commented Nate Mickelson, Instructor of English and Summer Bridge Co-Director.
The Summer Bridge Program is a required 12-day session and a hallmark of the College’s educational model. It provides first-year students a smooth transition between high school and college by ensuring they are prepared for college-level coursework. Students complete assignments similar to those that will be required during the first-year program and learn strategies for success. Activities during the Summer Bridge Program include a group project exploring the concept of place in New York City, field experiences using New York City as an extended classroom and the creation of an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) where students will archive their college work.