The You Can Do It (“YCDI”) Program is focused on minority male students, where they feel welcomed, understood, motivated, and supported to become successful students at Housatonic Community College. The YCDI Program gives students direct access to intensive support services that start when they enroll in the YCDI program through graduation with an Associate’s Degree. The students receive information on counseling, financial aid, advising, registering for courses, and tutors. The YCDI Program helps student participants register every semester, monitor their academic progress, and encourage students to successfully complete academic coursework with a grade of “C” or higher, graduate with an Associate’s Degree and/or transfer to a four-year university. In addition, the YCDI Program assists in helping students envision positive futures, encourages students to take summer college courses, and helps male minority students understand and absorb the skills necessary for academic careers and beyond.
The YCDI Program goals are to provide the participants with the necessary academic skills to meet their college goals; (1) Ensure every student progresses at his rate by providing intensive support from staff, faculty, tutors, and their peers. (2) Provide guidance and support to YCDI students when they have academic difficulty or related issues. (3) Develop students’ leadership skills within Housatonic Community College and the greater Bridgeport community. (4) Support YCDI students’ social, emotional, and academic growth from enrollment through graduation. (5) Make sure students are progressing in their academic studies. To date, YCDI continues to serve minority males within the college.
The YCDI Program encourages and empowers African-American, Latino, and other minorities. The Program has sponsored several academic enrichment trips to expose students to local four-year universities with which Housatonic Community College has transfer articulation agreements. In addition, the program enriched students’ cultural experiences through visits to area museums and art galleries.
Students have given back to the Greater Bridgeport Community through involvement in college-sponsored community service activities including collecting food, clothing, and toiletries for local social service agencies and participation in the College’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drives.
The You Can Do It Program has a summer program component. Students are selected to enroll in two developmental courses (English and Mathematics), to give them a jump start on the academic year. During the summer, YCDI students are limited to two (2) courses English 043 and Math 075. In math, students review basic arithmetic and pre-algebra skills in a self-paced format that combines traditional instruction with one-on-one tutorial assistance in a computer lab setting. In addition, MyMathLab software is utilized to reinforce classroom instruction and to allow students to move forward as skills are mastered. The English course strengthens students’ grammar, English composition, reading, and study skills while at the same time incorporating literature relevant to the students’ background and experiences. The summer program runs July 9, 2012 through August 9, 2012. During the summer program, representatives from various offices on campus conduct workshops for students to familiarize them with the College. The workshops cover topics including: Financial Aid, Counseling Center, General Studies, Advising, Career Services, Security Department, and Library Services.