Math and Science Improvement Program for High School Graduates Excels

Posted by lsuggs | 06/28/2013 14:04 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College’s free Math and Science Improvement Program, offered to high school graduates and college transfers, will soon conclude. The program began on June 2, 2013 and is in its second year of existence at the College. Funded for three years by the U.S. Department of Education, the program gives participants a great opportunity to receive a stipend as well as earn three credit hours of college algebra.

“A lot of students struggle with the basic parts of algebra,” said Cordaryl Middleton, one of the three math instructors in the program, “I think it should be required for all incoming freshmen to participate in this program. The program is beneficial to students prior to entering college”.

The five week residential academic program focuses on mathematical reasoning and problem solving in addition to the integration of science into mathematical concepts. The course also enhances algebraic skills, development of technological skills and personal development.

Jaslyn Parks, a junior Biology major of Soperton, Georgia, is a first year mentor for the Math and Science Improvement Program. “My experience with this program has been very liberating,” she said. “The students are engaged in the program and ready to enter college in the fall”.

This year, the program has approximately 70 participants, twice as many as the prior year. Jonesboro High School student Patrick Petty explains, “I do feel that this course is preparing me for college”. Another program participant, Alexis Teague of Riverwood High School located in Atlanta, Georgia explained, “I enjoy learning math, but chemistry is a little more difficult for me so I have been getting help in that area”.

The program’s closing awards ceremony will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in the Candler Memorial Library Building.

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Photo caption: Jaslyn Parks, Paine College junior and one of several program mentors, assists students with coursework.