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RAMP: Summer Bridge Program

"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

What is RAMP?

Wentworth, through the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships, addresses retention and graduation rates by offering RAMP, our 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. By the way, RAMP offers all participating students $11/hour, helping them to prioritize academics while still balancing financial need.

During the summer of 2017, 43 students worked in collaborative teams representing many different majors, to design, engineer, and build prototypes that addresses specific social problems in Boston. The team 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. Through real-world clients and problems, these hands-on projects expose student to an unmatched educational experience, better preparing them for a STEM career.