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Red Hawks Rise

Red Hawks Rise Summer Bridge Program

Click here to register online by July 26, 2024

Program runs at the Benton Harbor and Allegan Tech Center Campuses

Benton Harbor Campus (Two groups)

  • Days: Mon - Thur
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30pm
  • 1st Group: June 10 - 27 (CLOSED)
  • 2nd Group: Aug 5 - 22


  • Days: Tues - Fri
  • Times: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • June 18 - July 12 (Not meeting the week of July 4)

Free for all incoming college-bound students and class of 2024 graduates!

What is Red Hawks Rise? 

Beginning your college journey can be a challenge for anybody, and after the last few years many students need a little boost to be college ready. Community colleges throughout Michigan are working with state partners to assist students with the transition from high school to college-level academics and campus life with confidence. This immersive 12-day non-residential face-to-face summer program exists to help Red Hawks rise before their first semester starts!

What are the benefits?

  • Meet other new students and learn how to navigate life on campus.
  • Enhance success strategies in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Feel more secure in your math, reading, and writing skills and in the demands of college work.
  • Meet with financial aid staff, tutors, and advisors before regular classes begin.
  • Learn about the many resources available to students.
  • Get guidance in identifying strengths and linking them to career and vocational opportunities.
  • Improve study skills, time management skills, goal setting, and test taking strategies.

What's in it for me?

  • Get ready for college!
  • Find your support system.
  • Free LMC gear, learning materials, and classroom supplies.
  • Free daily breakfast and other refreshments.
  • Free access to LMC resources, labs, and WiFi hotspots while in the program.
  • An in-depth assessment of placement in college-level math and English.
  • Free transportation assistance.
  • Free laptop, based on program completion.
  • Opportunity to take free English 101 and Co-Req for college credit*.
  • Free personal assistance from dedicated professionals.

How much does it cost?

Red Hawks Rise is completely FREE with no cost for tuition or textbooks.

How do I register?

Please register in advance so that sufficient resources are available.

Space is limited. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register online before July 26.

Once registered, you will receive confirmation from a program coordinator with further instructions.


If you would like to get your college English course out of the way before the fall term begins, Red Hawks Rise can help.

Simply indicate your interest and availability in the registration form, and we will contact you to get you registered.

Depending on your answers in the application, you will be invited to take either English 101 or English 099A and English 101 during our 10-week summer term in addition to the August 5-22 Red Hawks Rise program.

English courses are not possible during the June group. Participants must attend both the English class(es) and the Red Hawks Rise program to be eligible for the free class tuition.

English courses run from May 28 - August 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. English 101 is from 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and English 099A is from 12:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

If the end of your high school classes overlaps with the start of our English course, we will work with you. Do not let that stop you from this great opportunity.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact Beth Lehner, College Life Skills Faculty and Red Hawks Rise Coordinator at

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