What’s the key to a successful college experience? A strong summer start.

According to researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, students who spend time getting acquainted with college life the summer after high school are more likely to continue their studies and succeed down the road.

For African American students enrolled in PCC’s Ujima Program, getting this kind of assistance is easy. Ujima students gain personal tutoring, advice on hard-to-get classes, and a community on PCC’s campus where they belong. Countless students have taken advantage of Ujima’s benefits and gone on to success at PCC and elsewhere.

“The goal is to help our young students realize their academic, personal, and developmental potential,” says Gena Lopez, PCC’s Ujima program director. “We want to do everything we can to help these young people in college and in life.”

Beyond the summer leading up to college, which includes classes in math, liberal arts, and college success — not to mention many chances to interact with other students in the community — Ujima students follow a schedule crafted to provide a strong foundation of necessary skills for a range careers. Whether a student hopes to transfer to a four-year university or gain a certificate for success in the workforce, Ujima is with them along the way.

The easy enrollment process begins online. Students, their parents, and families should visit the website to plan their summer with the PCC Ujima family.

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