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NextGen Summer Bridge Program

Are you a graduating High school senior?

Do you identify as a first-generation college student (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree)?

Do you want to jumpstart your success in College?

If so, we have the right program for you. Apply today! Only 250 seats available.

The priority deadline to submit your application is March 15th of each year.



About NextGen Summer Bridge Program

The NextGen Summer Bridge program is an accelerated completion initiative that provides effective academic, financial, and personal support for a diverse student population who identify as first-generation in college.

The program provides comprehensive and innovative services to enhance the students’ experience at PBSC and is designed to significantly increase access and opportunity and accelerate graduation. An average of 90-95% of students who have participated in similar TRiO, Student Support Services, and Summer Bridge Programs across the nation have remained in good academic standing each year.

Beyond the summer, students are invited to apply for TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) or the NextGen Scholars Program. These accelerated programs provide a streamlined, predictable schedule for students to obtain their associate degree in two (2) years or less. In addition to academic support, students receive a plethora of services including individualized academic advising, counseling, coaching, financial aid assistance, social and cultural enrichment programs, on-campus employment opportunities, and workshops that broaden career perspectives, improve academic skills, promote self-confidence, and address various other factors college students face.

Inaugural Summer Bridge Program - June 2022




What: 2-week summer bridge program (including credit classes)

When: June 13 – June 23, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday

Where: Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth campus (in-person)

NextGen Summer Bridge Program Weekly Schedule (tentative)

This is a draft schedule. Program director has the right to change program activities and dates as needed.

I. June 13 – June 16, 2022 (Comprehensive Orientation)

Morning (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

  • Build self-efficacy and confidence
  • Define success on your terms and set goals
  • Explore majors and career choice
  • Focus on 2: Finish in 2 - Chart your path to completion
  • Discover academic, social, and wrap-around support services
  • Meet your squad, peer leaders, and campus leaders
  • Teambuilding Activities (i.e., FAU Challenge Course)

Evening (after 5:00 p.m.)

  • Optional evening cultural enrichment opportunities

II. June 20 – June 23, 2022 (Academic Enrichment)

Participants will choose a track based on their interests or academic need.

Morning: (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

  • EAP track (2 credits)
  • Math Track (2 credits)
  • Writing (2 credits)

CLEP Track* (no credit)

Evening: (after 5:00 p.m.)

  • Supplemental Instruction – virtual options available upon request
  • Optional evening cultural enrichment opportunities

III. June 29 – August 9, 2022 (Summer B Classes)

Participants will choose a track based on their interests or academic need

Morning: (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

  • SLS1501 (3 credits)
  • MAT1033C (4 credits)
  • CGS1100 (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits)

Evening: (after 5:00 p.m.)

  • Supplemental Instruction – virtual options available upon request
  • Optional evening cultural enrichment opportunities

IV. August 9, 2022 – End of Program Celebration (TBD)

Participants are encouraged to invite their families and support network

  • Induction into the NextGen Scholars Program
  • Future PBSC Panther Alum Pledge


What to Expect

The Summer Bridge program includes self-assessments, college readiness workshops, fun cultural enrichment activities, and meaningful faculty, staff, and peer networking opportunities.

Participants will:

  • Define success and set goals
  • Identify and understand their strengths
  • Explore career goals or major choice
  • Build academic skills thru Math Jump or Jump Write-in
  • Enhance study and problem-solving skills
  • Meet key college faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Meet campus student leaders
  • Make connections and friendships
  • Discover the campus and the surrounding Palm Beach area

Who Can Participate?

  • First-time-in-college students who desire to earn an associate degree from PBSC.
  • Be classified in at least one of the following groups: a) first-generation in college, b) economically disadvantaged or c) racially/ethnically diverse.
  • Can attend a 2-week summer bridge program

Financial Benefits

The 2-week summer bridge summer program is free to all students who complete the 2021-22 & 2022-23 FAFSA and meet low-income requirements. Other Financial Aid (Scholarships, Grants, & Stipends) to cover Tuition & Fees, Books, Transportation & Educational Supplies is also available for students who are not 100% pell-eligible. Other financial benefits include:

  • Waived PBSC Admissions Application Fee
  • Head start on the fall curriculum by earning up to 7 credit hours
  • Priority for 2nd year Peer Advisor on-campus positions
  • Priority for scholarships administered by the Equity Institute

Other Perks/Scholarships


Program participants are expected to abide by the NextGen Summer Bridge Program contractual agreement made upon their entrance to the program. As a student in the program, you are expected to maintain contact with your academic advisor, participate in workshops, become a member of the 1stGen and/or Student Success Club, regularly utilize the SLC/TRiO computer labs, and participate in program events and activities.

Other commitments include:

  • Enroll in the fall semester and maintain a fulltime (12+credits) course load each semester
  • Commit to monthly check-ins with program staff


The program is funded by the NextEra Energy Foundation, Inc. and the Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Equity Institute.

Need Help?

For assistance completing the process, contact TRiO EOC.
Have a general question about the program? Email


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