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Math Boot Camp Adds up for 13 Students
September 2008 - Three faculty members invited almost fifty students who
were very close to achieving the next level of Math comprehension on
recent placement tests, to attend a week-long Math Boot Camp at NC
State. Twenty-two of the students enrolled, and worked on areas of
mathematics every day for a week to increase their understanding of
math, and their test scores. At the end of the week, the participants
were given the opportunity to take their placement test again.
Thirteen students were able to move up to the next level of coursework
thanks to “Boot Camp”, saving each significant amounts of both time and
money. Seven students moved all the way to MTH 121, the first,
college-level math course that earns credit for students.
Congratulations to the students and the instructors – John Falls, Carol
Allen and Tom Nichols – for all their hard work. And look for more “Boot
Camps” in the future at North Central State College.
As a result of Math Boot Camp, 13 of 20 students retested (65%) have
tested into a higher class.
- 4 students from MTH100 to MTH102
- 2 students from MTH102 to MTH103
- 7 students from MTH103 to MTH121 (out of developmental and into
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If there are thirteen high school students in John Fall’s Algebra Class
this fall who attend seven separate high schools, they equal North
Central State College Post Secondary Enrollment success.
John Falls, North Central State College math professor is teaching
Algebra for PSEO students from seven different high schools. Their
success highlights the opportunities available to growing numbers of
students enrolled both in high school and NC State. Early College
options include: PSEO, Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Seniors to
Sophomores, and CollegeNOW. Go to
for more information.
Student Success Center
Bev Walker, Director of Retention Services, Student Success Center, by
nature, sees several students cross her path. Many of them fit the bill
of the Achieving the Dream initiative with several barriers; instability
at home, financial problems, busy lives with families and jobs, etc.
Bev, and the Student Success Center staff, have several tools to help
students overcome their obstacles. Learn more about what the Student
Success Center has to offer by clicking here.
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