More Than 90 Students, Advisors Attend Bridge to College Day at Sikeston Campus

Photo of Dr. Kim Madigan visiting with students attending the Bridge to College Day event about continuing their education at Southeast after graduation from high school.

Dr. Kim Madigan, academic coordinator at the Sikeston campus, visited with students attending the Bridge to College Day event about continuing their education at Southeast after graduation from high school.

SIKESTON, Mo., May 28, 2009 — While most students are preparing to leave school this month, some students in the Sikeston, Mo., area are learning more about their options for the fall 2009 semester offered by Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.

On May 13, more than 90 students and advisers met for the annual Bridge to College Day event at Southeast’s Sikeston campus.  The information presented by Dave Fuemmeler, director of Dual Credit, reviewed the steps students must take to receive college credit before graduating from high school. Students enrolling in dual enrollment classes at the Sikeston campus beginning their junior year and continuing through their senior year have the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of college credit at reduced rates by the time they graduate from high school, he said. If students enroll in additional dual credit classes offered at their local high schools or enroll in online college classes, they could earn more than 24 hours college credit by the time they graduate high school, he said.

Dr. Kim Madigan, academic coordinator at the Sikeston campus, and Brandi Brooks, admissions counselor at Southeast Missouri State University, visited with the students about continuing their education at Southeast after graduation from high school. Madigan and Brooks reviewed steps in the Southeast admissions process, how to apply for financial aid including scholarship programs, and the Southeast A+ scholarship that can be used at Southeast Regional campuses if students qualify.

Information also was presented on the Dual Enrollment Scholarship offered by Southeast to graduating seniors. Students who have earned 18 hours of Southeast college credit while still in high school may qualify for an award of $2,000 per year. The scholarship is renewable for four years if scholarship guidelines are met.

Students attending the Bridge to College Day were provided with a tour of the Sikeston facility. Those participating said they had a positive experience and enjoyed receiving Southeast door prizes before returning to their respective high school campuses.  

Madigan says participation in the dual credit/enrollment program by students attending area high schools continues to increase. Any students or parents interested in learning more about the dual enrollment classes scheduled at the Sikeston campus of Southeast Missouri State University each fall and spring or other dual credit classes offered by Southeast may contact Fuemmeler at (573) 986-6179 or information is available on the Southeast Web site at www.semo.edu.