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AT&T To Support Freshman Student Success Initiative

Captains Launch will aid students in the transition from high school to college.

  Friday, April 21, 2017

On Friday, April 21, Christopher Newport University announced a $35,000 grant from AT&T to enable the expansion of a major student success initiative designed to help freshmen graduate on time.

Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia, joined Christopher Newport President Paul Trible for a special event announcing the contribution.

“The support from AT&T empowers the success of our young and vibrant university at a critical point in our history. We want every student who enters Christopher Newport to share in a rich and fulfilling educational experience. The Captains Launch Program will help us enhance student success, and AT&T’s generosity allows us to offer additional resources based upon our award-winning student success model,” said Trible.

“The transition from high school to college can be difficult, but the Captains Launch Program helps make this transition much smoother. Our support will help CNU freshmen start their college years on the right foot so that they’re ultimately prepared for graduation and success on the job,” said Apruzzese.

The contribution from AT&T supports Captains Launch, a bridge program designed to help incoming freshmen successfully transition into college. It creates a more effective transition for freshmen by addressing academic and social risk factors that can impact retention from freshman to sophomore year.

The program has three main components:

  • A summer online course that focuses on what to expect in and out of the classroom in the first semester
  • Academic and career-based programming on the weekend before fall orientation
  • A two-credit course during the first semester on achieving greater understanding of learning theories, problem-solving approaches, and application of academic skills and study strategies

The funds will be used to hire additional mentors for students, collect more data on the success of these students and conduct more research into impediments to student success.


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