AT&T Helps Bridge Students

AT&T Oklahoma awarded $15,000 to Oklahoma Christian to help fund the Bridge Program, which provides academic and emotional support for underprepared freshman students. AT&T also gave $15,000 to the Bridge Program in 2011.

“We are incredibly appreciative of AT&T’s continued generosity to our Bridge students,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “We want every student to succeed, and this gift helps ensure they have the tools to do so.”

At a ceremony announcing the gift, student Karissa Wheeler spoke of the positive difference the Bridge Program has made in her college experience. She began as a student in the Bridge Program and is now a Bridge mentor. She will graduate in December with a degree in family studies/child development.

“My high school advisor told me I would never make it in college. It only took a few weeks for me to fall behind in algebra. I remember going to see (Bridge Program assistant) Lannea Pemberton (09) and telling her my advisor had been right.

Thankfully, she never gave up on me, even when I didn’t believe in myself,” Wheeler said.

OC’s Bridge Program began in 2006 and has more than
100 students today. It provides tutoring, counseling and developmental classes for students whose secondary education has not fully prepared them for college. 

Spring 2013

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