In Ann Hulbert’s, “How to Escapethe Community-College trap”, she explains about a program called ASAP, theAccelerated Study in Associate Programs, that changes college student’s lives.
TheASAP program gives kids the opportunity of success on a cheaper and morehelpful level. The program is intended for low-income students that need thathelping hand to try to have their own life. Ann Hulbert compares communitycollege and the program. Community colleges have a wide range of differentthings students can choose from such as: lacking support from the advisors andgiving students too much flexibility. On the other hand, the ASAP program isthere for you in every step of the way. The program offers a wide variety ofincentives and an abundance of guidance. This type of program is what givespeople that second chance in life; they can make something out of themselvesand can achieve what they have always hoped and dreamed of in life. For instance, DaquanMcGee, a kid that was convicted of a felony and sentenced to jail.
Ann Hulbertexplains his story through the ASAP program and how it gave him a second chancethat he needed. Once he got that chance, he excelled and would further hiseducation in life. Everyone deserves a fresh start anda supporting figure, so they can succeed inlife. Ann Hulbert argues that every child in America that is heading intocollege should have that full-on support and fresh start that the ASAP programcan provide for students. Hulbert states, “Daquan McGee…stillfinding his footing after a two-year prison sentence for attemptedrobbery…Mcgee graduated with an associate’s degree in multimedia studies…Theprogram that enrolled Daquan Mcgee, ASAP…” This was a kid that thought his lifewas thrown away. Fighting to stay alive in this world from his charges andbeing released from prison, the ASAP program took him under their wing.
Daquandid not let his time in prison stop him from excelling in school, he wanted everyone to know that he was notgoing to let his life be thrown away from an ignorant mistake. The fact thateven though he went to prison, came out of it, and graduated from this programis remarkable. The ASAP program gives people like McGee the second chance theydeserve. Not only did they give him that second chance, they gave him his lifeback. At one point, McGee had his life taken away from him but, came backstronger than ever and never let someone step into his way. This is what theASAP program gives to kids that need the second chance they are looking for. One thing that can catch astudent’s eye when taking on college is the type of incentives that you canreceive year-round.
Hulbert elaborates on the great incentives that you canreceive from the ASAP program. “Money problems cause of interruptions anddelays, so if tuition isn’t fully covered…ASAP pays the remainder…The programpays for summer and winter courses…” These incentives provide a broader way tothink about which college you want to go for if the money is not there for youand your family. The ASAP program helps you and your family out in some majorways. With these incentives, you have the flexibility to get that degree. McGeeused these incentives to help pay for his college life and his education.
Getting these incentives from the ASAP program takes that burden off anyone’sshoulder. It all goes back to getting that second chance. This program isproviding you with loads of incentives that relieve the stress of financialissues.The reason why kids like Daquan McGeesucceed is what lies outside of the classrooms. Hulbert states, “The secret ofASAP’s success lies outside the classroom. The program enlists extra tutors andcaps some classes at 25 students…Instead it aims to counter thecommunity-college culture of early exits and erratic stops and starts.” The things that go on outside of theclassrooms are what make the program, ASAP, so well designed.
They givestudents more 1 on 1 experiences in the classrooms. Students learn more fromthose 1 on 1 experiences than being thrown into a full on course where theteacher does not even know their student’s name. The tutors that are there givethe students even more flexibility to figure out when they can take time out oftheir day and have someone teach them on that subject. The ASAP program fightsback against the erratic stops in the classrooms to make sure the students havea complete understanding on the subject they are intending to learn about.
Itgives the kids a path to follow and understand something that might have notbeen explained thoroughly in class. Having that extra set of tutors around givekids that extra opportunity to learn more. No matter what has happened in yourlife you deserve that second chance.
You can turn one simple mistake intosomething that can change anyone’s life for the better. College is essential ineveryone’s life, and the ASAP program can give one the guidance needed tosucceed. Ann Hulbert argues that every child in America, that is heading intocollege, should have that full on support and second chance that the ASAPprogram can provide for students.