College Bridge

The College Bridge (CB) program is for students who plan to attend college but still need to improve their English. College Bridge has three levels: CB4, CB5, and CB6. The program allows higher level ESL students to continue to develop their English skills while earning up to 13 college credits, which is equal to one quarter of full-time college study.

College Bridge courses focus intensively on the reading, critical thinking, and class participation skills students need to succeed in American colleges or universities, including lecture comprehension, note-taking, and oral and written communication skills. Students in the program enroll for 10-15 hours per week of English language courses, and 2-5 hours per week of college-level courses. Total classroom time is 15-18 hours per week.

Placement into College Bridge requires successful completion of SCIE's Intensive English program, or proof of English proficiency sufficient for a direct placement. Incoming students with proof of English proficiency take a placement test before classes begin to determine their appropriate level in College Bridge.

After successfully completing CB6, students are eligible to enroll full-time in a college program at Seattle Central without the requirement of a TOEFL score or any other additional college placement test.

The diagram below shows how students in the College Bridge program earn college credits while also studying English as a Second Language (ESL): 

 

College Bridge Required Courses

College Bridge 4 (Introductory)

-Introductory College Bridge Reading: This course focuses intensively on the reading, critical thinking, and participation skills that students need to succeed in American colleges or universities at the introductory level (5 hours per week).

-Introductory Academic Writing: This course develops and refine the student's ability to write effectively in an academic context at the introductory level (5 hours per week).

-Lecture Comprehension: This course develops listening and comprehension skills for college lectures,note-taking and basic oral communication skills needed for college success (5 hours per week).

-Two, three, or four-credit college class: Students choose from Psychology of Adjustment (3 credit Psychology course, 3 hours per week)or a variety of college-level courses in Microcomputers (2-4 credits, 2-4 hours per week, plus labs). See "Credit courses for College Bridge students"  below for details.

College Bridge 5 (Intermediate)

-Intermediate College Bridge Reading:  This course focuses intensively on the reading, critical thinking, and participation skills that students need to succeed in American colleges or universities at the intermediate level (5 hours per week).

-Intermediate Academic Writing: This course develops and refine the student's ability to write effectively in an academic context at the intermediate level (5 hours per week).

-Lecture Comprehension (if not completed in CB4): This course develops listening and comprehension skills for college lectures,and note-taking and basic oral communication skills needed for college success (5 hours per week).

-Five-credit college class: Students choose from the credit courses for College Bridge students noted below.

College Bridge 6 (Advanced)

-Advanced College Bridge Reading: This course focuses intensively on the reading, critical thinking, and participation skills that students need to succeed in American colleges or universities at the advanced level (5 hours per week).

-Advanced Academic Writing: This course develops and refine the student's ability to write effectively in an academic context at the advanced level (5 hours per week).

-Five-credit college class: Students choose from a wide variety of college-level Social Science, Humanities or Science classes (five hours per week). See "Credit courses for College Bridge students" below for details.

 

College Bridge Elective Courses (college credit classes)

Microcomputers 101, 104D, 104E, 104F, 104P, 104W

(2-4 credits; 2-4 hours per week plus lab hours) This course provides an introduction to various computer applications students will find useful in both their academic and work careers. Offerings vary each quarter, but usually include at least two of the following: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Flash, Dreamweaver, or Photoshop.

The 2-credit Microcomputers course is available for those in the Introductory level of College Bridge; the 4-credit Microcomputers class is for students at the Intermediate (CB5) or Advanced (CB6) levels of College Bridge.

Psychology 120 - Psychology of Adjustment

(3 credits; 3 hours per week) This course assists new students in their adjustment to community college. It includes goal-setting, academic planning, self-motivation skills, identifying college resources, personal development and general study hints. This course is available for those in the Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced levels of College Bridge.

Business 216 - Professional Development

(5 credits; 5 hours per week)  Students examine various aspects of career development, learn to develop positive mental attitudes, and examine useful techniques for personal and professional success. This course is available for those students in either the Intermediate or Advanced level of College Bridge.

Humanities 105 - Intercultural Communication

(5 credits; 5 hours per week) This course presents a framework for understanding encounters with people from other cultures and for improving the effectiveness of your own intercultural communication. Emphasis is on skills and empathy gained from the study of diverse cultures through literature, theory, and guest lecturers. This course is available for those students in either the Intermediate or Advanced level of College Bridge.

Sociology 102 – Introduction to American Culture

(5 credits; 5 hours per week)
This course focuses on unique American values, behavior and world view by comparing others' values and world views
and studying the implications and consequences of these differences. This class includes field trips or service learning activities. This course is available for those students in either the Intermediate or Advanced level of College Bridge.

Other Introductory Social Science or Humanities Courses for Advanced College Bridge Students

(5 credits; 5 hours per week)
Students planning to take the Advanced level (CB6) meet with their advisors to choose a regular five-credit introductory college class,
such as Anthropology, Art, Art History, Astronomy, Business, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology.