New Jump Start program to aid in student success

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania announces the creation of a new program called Jump Start which is designed to give incoming students an opportunity to get a head start on the college experience. The program will replace the Summer Prep Academy (SPA).

Jump Start will be a comprehensive, two-week college readiness program to introduce students to  campus and help them develop the skills needed to graduate in four years. Enrollment in the Jump Start program is at no cost to the students and will not impact an individual’s financial aid. The goal in reimagining the experience was to consolidate programming so that students could make the most of their summer.

Among the areas to be covered with Jump Start are: establishing effective study habits; financial literacy; meeting advisors and academic coaches; campus safety review; tours of campus resources (library, student services center, health center, rec center, math lab and writing center). All students coming in as part of the Jump Start program will begin as an undeclared major, but advisors will guide the students in selecting a major as soon as possible.

“Jump Start will help students access services and make the college experience less confusing,” says Marty Wygmans, Ed.D., associate vice president for student success. “We will help prepare students for the rigors of the college environment in all areas of academic, social, and personal development.

“Helping students plan for successful futures and career achievement starts with providing the assistance that many need to navigate the world of higher education,” Wygmans continues. “Jump Start will provide opportunities to connect students with those navigational tools they need to find academic success first and career success after graduation.”

The program will be open to approximately 300 students.