More entering ECC college-ready
Stephanie DelaTorriente of South Elgin felt that her teachers at St. Charles North High School had gotten her pretty ready for college.
Now a freshman at Elgin Community College, 19-year-old DelaTorriente said she still is undecided what she wants to study. But she knew the placement exams she took before starting classes at the community college were important, she said.
And, she said, “I was really prepared. The high school teachers were like, ‘At college, you have to be more responsible,’ and I’ve definitely learned that coming here.”
But there just were a lot of things from the past four years of high school English classes she couldn’t remember, and her test scores originally placed her into a developmental English course her first semester at Elgin Community College.
Instead, DelaTorriente took part in the college’s English Summer Bridges program, a three-week English review course, and retested. She’s now in English 102.