Community & Learning Partnerships: Ramp

"RAMP gave me a head start at Wentworth. I learned about all of the resources Wentworth has to help me succeed academically. RAMP also provided me with great mentors and friends to help guide me on my college journey."

~ Bernard Dubuisson, 2013 RAMP participant

Ramp: Pre-College Bridge

Wentworth, through the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships, addresses retention and graduation rates by offering RAMP, a six-week summer bridge program, to Boston residents who will be attending the Institute as first-year students in the fall. To provide a success framework for Boston students, RAMP enables students to familiarize themselves with college coursework, form a cohort of classmates from similar backgrounds, and immerse themselves in campus life earlier. The program aims to help students transition from high school to Wentworth by providing one-on-one mentoring, front-line academic instruction, and project-based learning activities that align closely with the curricular goals of the institute. On-going case management from the Center staff, in conjunction with workshops with members of the campus community, provides individualized support for the students not only through the summer, but also throughout their years at Wentworth. Most notably, RAMP offers a $1,500.00 stipend to each participating students, helping them to prioritize academics while still balancing financial need.

During the past summer, 21 students worked in collaborative teams representing many different majors, to design, engineer, and build a prototype that addresses specific social problems in Boston. The team of three per project also included staff, faculty, and past RAMP participants, focusing on not only guiding students through the problem-solving process, but also providing academic advising, mentoring, and direct instruction in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, composition, and research methods. External partners (EMC Corporation, Draper Laboratory, Boston Private Industry Council,Zoo New England and Travis Roy Foundation) engaged in the projects, bringing unmatched industry-based experience into the learning space.