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Martin Flores

SCC Student Has Success with SI Bridges Program

The SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded grant partnership between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College. The program is designed to enable community college students to learn skills and abilities, which will enable them to conduct scientific research in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Additionally, the program provides strong mentorship and guidance as these students transition from their respective community colleges to a university setting.

One of the students in the SI Bridges program, Martin Flores has gained a lot of success, mentorship, and memories. Martin of Anna, Illinois received his Associate of Arts & Associate of Science from Shawnee Community College in 2014. He is in his second year of the SI Bridges program wanting to pursue his Bachelor of Arts in Physiology.

SCCís Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott asked Martin some questions about his success with the SI Bridges program.

1.) How did you learn about the SI Bridges program?
Erin King, SCC Ambassador Coordinator/Advisor told me about this program because she knew that I was interested in the science field. I then attended one of the informational sessions about the program and that got me more interested.

2.) What has been your experience/success within this program thus far?
This program has really enhanced my academic skills/ability and it also gave me the opportunity to transfer into a 4-year institution. Before I learned about the program, I wasnít sure about transferring, but this program changed my mind.

3.) Would you recommend this program to other students who may be interested in the science field?
Of course! This program will show other students different fields of science that are attainable to them. This program will open doors for you, whether itís graduate school or a job.



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