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
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.