Summer Bridge Program

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Summer Bridge will be held remotely via Blackboard
from August 23 to August 27, 2021.

Convocation will be streamed on YouTube on August 30, 2021.

Joining Guttman Community College represents an exciting new beginning and a journey of self-discovery. To prepare for success in their transition to college, all incoming first-year students are required to complete the Summer Bridge Program, including all assignments, in order to enroll in classes during the Fall semester.

During Summer Bridge, students are introduced to Guttman’s academic expectations while practicing the strategies and study skills needed to meet them. Participants explore their strengths and challenges as learners, practice academic and professional goal-setting, and gain an understanding of the resources available at the College.

Summer Bridge is also an opportunity to virtually meet and work with Guttman faculty, fellow classmates, and staff, such as the advisor – Student Success Advocate – who provides guidance and support throughout the entire First-Year Experience. Overall, the Program is designed for students to become immersed in the Guttman community through remote learning.

Remote Delivery

To ensure that we follow current public health mandates and keep all Guttman Grizzlies safe, Summer Bridge 2021 will be held remotely from August 23 to August 27 on Blackboard, an online platform that can be accessed using CUNYfirst. There, students will connect with their classmates, faculty, advisor, and other members of the Guttman community by participating in required asynchronous modules and synchronous workshops, meetings, and events.


happening at different times for individual participants on their own, based on their schedule and preferences



happening at precisely the same time for all participants, who meet together as a group

We strongly encourage the use of a desktop or laptop computer for full and effective participation in the Summer Bridge Program. After completing New Student Orientation, students become eligible to borrow a laptop from the College and/or set up a Wi-Fi hotspot for the duration of the Program and Fall semester. Additionally, the Robin Hood Foundation has offered support for students that may need support in paying for their internet. For more details, refer to the Resources page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Summer Bridge program, students will be able to:

  • Identify academic and social skills needed for a successful transition to college;
  • Describe how one’s social identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class) intersect with one’s identity as a college student and as a contributing member of the Guttman community;
  • Apply critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing texts;
  • Conduct research by identifying and using textual and quantitative data; and
  • Use Blackboard, Starfish, Guttman email, and other online platforms to engage in Program activities and communicate with faculty, staff, and classmates.


  • Academic modules that explore the meaning and construction of community through qualitative and quantitative research
  • Assignments in which students author multiple texts, including poetry, analytical writing, reflections, and blogposts
  • Self-assessments that identify educational goals and guide students in creating action plans to achieve them
  • Workshops on mindfulness, time management, professional communication, and various academic skills