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Danville Community College Free Summer Math Bridge Program. Donald Pippin Middle College Director Great Expectations Coordinator Developmental Math Instructor February 7, 2013 9:30 – 10:45. College History. Beginning as early as 1890, the campus of Danville Military Institute

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Danville Community College Free Summer Math Bridge Program

Donald Pippin

Middle College Director

Great Expectations Coordinator

Developmental Math Instructor

February 7, 2013

9:30 – 10:45

College History

Beginning as early as 1890, the campus of Danville Military Institute

(1890 to 1939) housed prisoners of war during World War II

(1944-1945), was home to the off-campus engineering division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (named VPI Extension - Fall 1946 to 1950

Danville Branch of VPI - 1950 to 1965, and

Danville Division of VPI -1965 to 1968), and shared the campus with Danville Technical Institute

Danville Textile School from 1945 to 1966, until DTI merged

with the Danville Division of VPI to form Danville Community College.

Danville Community College: Location

  • Open-admissions comprehensive two-year institution of higher education

  • One of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System

  • Established in 1967 with Danville Technical Institute and VPI

  • Serves 145,000 citizens in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County

  • Located in South Central Virginia near the North Carolina border

  • 86-acre campus two miles from downtown Danville on South Main Street

  • 6741 students

    • 59% Female

    • 41% Male

    • 40% African American

    • 57 % White

    • 3% Other

Graduation Rates

  • 887 Graduates in 2012

  • 170 Transfer degrees

  • 183 O/T degrees

  • 82 diplomas

  • 452 Certificates

  • 424 Males

  • 463 Females

  • 585 White

  • 280 African American

  • 22 other minorities

Student Financial Aid

  • 3,456 students received PELL worth 9 million dollars

  • Educational Foundation provided $300,000 in scholarships

  • 1330 students received Tobacco Scholarship worth 1. 3 million dollars

Danville Community College

Joined Achieving the Dream in 2004

Became a Leader College in 2009.

DCC has undertaken many initiatives, but the Summer Bridge will be the focus of discussion today.

Danville Community College: Demographics 2010-2011

Group Activity

VPT Questions

Summer Math Bridge ProgramHistory

  • To refresh basic math skills for high school seniors

  • To introduce algebra skills to displaced workers

  • To review all skills for GED recipients

  • To help first year students test out of developmental math


No one will attend

Cannot review all COMPASS math in a week

Who will pay for the students/instructor

Who would really what to teach four nights for four hours

What high school seniors attend

Summer 2009

Pilot class

Met 16 hours for one week

Met July 27 to August 8 (5:00-9:00)

Used Pearson software as a resource

Free to students

COMPASS Math retest on August 9

80% that retested improved scores

Summer 2010

Two classes for two weeks each

First class met July 26 to August 5 (5:30-7:30)

Second class met August 8 to August 19 (6:00-8:00)

Free to students

COMPASS Math retest on August 6 and August 20

Used Pearson software as a resource

82% that retested improved scores

Spring 2011

Pilot class in Pittsylvania County Public Schools

Taught at Vocational center to high school seniors

Taught during regular school day

All but one student (IEP) improved on COMPASS

All tested out of Math 2 to Math 3

Some tested out a developmental math altogether

92% that retested improved scores

Summer 2011

Three classes for two weeks each

Used two new instructors

First class met July 18 to July 29 (10:00-12:00)

Second class met August 1 to August 11(1:00-3:00)

Third class met August 1 to August 11 (5:30-7:30)

86% that retested improved scores

Summer 2012

Offered 35 sections in four locations

Offered morning afternoon, and evening

Started on June 18 offering session every two weeks until August 16

Times: 10:00-12:00, 2:30-4:30, 5:30-7:30

118 attended

25% exempted of all nine units

90% exempted one or more units

Group Activity

Bridge Review Handouts

Summer Bridge Summer 2012

Student Comments

What did you get out of this class?

  • I got a lot of refreshing out of the class. Mr. Pippin is an excellent teacher.

  • This class was extremely beneficial to me. Math skills that I had forgotten were taught. Once refreshed on the concepts, I could easily work the problems.

  • I learned and understood Math a little bit better especially fractions and decimals.

  • I found out a lot that I didn’t know & refreshed me on things that I knew.

  • It helped me understand things that I didn’t remember how to do.

  • He helped me remember things I already knew from high school.

  • This was a great refresher class, brought back a lot of things I had forgotten.

  • I gained confidence in some math problems & it reconfirmed how I felt when I placed out of the Asset test (by judgment-guessing).

  • This class helped refresh my memory of the math skills I have forgotten.  

Student Comments Cont.

What would change about the class? (times, length, etc…)

  • Nothing needs to be changed , having this free to us was phenomenal.

  • I think the structure of the class was ideal. Two hours per night is adequate. Any more would impede the ability to retain information.

  • I believe that the hours should be longer with a break in between. To much math in only two hours.

  • I loved it just as it was. Need to have outside access to computer.

  • I think it should be a little longer.

  • I thought everything was fine.

  • Maybe a little slower paced but overall a great class.

  • Nothing

  • I didn’t see anything wrong with the way class was set up.

Student Comments Cont.

Would you recommend this class to other people?

  • I would most definitely recommend to others that need refreshing of their math skills.

  • I would highly recommend this class.

  • Yes, I would recommend this class to anyone that can use the help.

  • YES!!! This was a fun class.

  • Yes

  • Yes I would recommend this class because it helps refresh your memory.

  • Yes

  • I would recommend this refresher course to anybody.

  • Sure

  • I would recommend this to anyone that needs help in math.

Student Comments Cont.

Were your expectations met and how can instruction be improved?

  • Expectations were hopefully met, teacher was excellent.

  • My expectations were met. Mr. Pippen was very engaging, informative, and entertaining. The two hours passed quickly and my confidence in my ability to succeed in Math has grown immensely. I can’t think of anything I would suggest to improve the class.

  • I believe the teacher Mr. Pippin is a excellent math teacher. I would change anything as far as that is concerned he’s great!!!

  • My expectations were met & was beyond what I expected. Questions were answered & explain better than I ever expected. We were encouraged to ask questions.

  • Yes, I think the instructor did a really good job with everything and I don’t think anything should be changed.

  • I thought the class was fun & instructor made it more simple to understand.

  • Yes. No problems with the instruction was very helpful.

  • Good instructor but need to focus on each students different learning levels & abilities.

  • My expectations were met, Mr. Pippin was helpful.


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