FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Some North Texas kids are going to summer school — because they’re getting paid to.
Around Fort Worth-area 30 high school graduates are in a five week program at Tarrant County College South Campus to get them ready for college.
TCC South Campus Dean Linda Braddy says they’ll each earn up to $775 to complete the Accelerates Summer Bridge Program. This must be their first time in college and they must need the classes because they have not met college requirements for reading or math.
Braddy says they’ve offered the classes before but this is the first year they’ve paid the students to go. “We thought more kids would go for it, and I think the problem is that now that the program is closed and we’ve begun, we’re at the end of the first week, we still have people calling.”
She says many of these students are the first in their family to ever go to college and this may be the program they need to help them succeed.
This is the first year they’ve offered money to students. Braddy says she’s not had any negative feedback about paying kids to go to school, and points to Upward Bound programs.
KRLD’s Chuck Schechner Reports:
TCC says the money has helped in recruiting students, last year some avoided the classes because they needed summer employment. The money is meant to relieve that worry.