The Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy (Native American Rites of Passage) is designed to teach appropriate indigenous principles of cooperative social interaction to Native American high school students.
The Bridge of the Gods program is based on the tradition of honor and respect for all peoples, and students are informed about traditional ways of knowing. The program's purpose is to increase cultural awareness among pre-college age Native youth that will lead to improved academic success and increased self-awareness in the college environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
BOGSA provides LTD student bus passes. Please the program coordinator to request a student pass for the program dates.
All high school students residing in Lane County are eligible, but if there are more applications than available slots there are priorities that are taken into consideration from information provided by the students in their applications: year in high school (Juniors and Seniors have the highest priority) grade point averages, curriculum achieved in high school and the essays they write in the application.
No, but because the academic standards are high, these younger students will do better if they are high achievers or highly motivated. All of the students attend class together and our instructors are told to teach to the college level and sometimes the younger students haven't developed the skills in writing and math to pass some of the classes.
No. Actually it is just the opposite. If a student doesn't pass all of the academy classes they are given an incomplete for the college credit course and are encouraged to improve their skills when they return to high school then return to try and successfully pass the courses they didn't pass at BOGSA and earn college credit.
Yes and no. The credits are not applicable to 4-year major university requirements if the student goes directly from high school to a major university, but they can if the student attends a community college FIRST before transferring to a major university. Lane Community College offers an Associates of Arts Transfer degree, (where these credits count) and on completion of this degree qualifies the student for automatic admission into any Oregon University System school (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology) if the student wants to continue in higher education to that level, so in this instance, the credits do apply directly to a student's efforts in earning a degree from a major university. The credits also fulfill requirements for most Associates of Arts degrees offered at the community college level should that be the level the students wish to aspire and again the credits apply directly to the student's efforts to receive a degree in higher education at this level.
No. BOGSA is a commuter summer day academy. Students can expect ONE over-night camping trip. Details will be on the application.
No. BOGSA is open to any student that resides in Lane county. BUT, first priority will be given to students who are citizens of their respective nations, or who self-identify as Native American.
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Supported by the Multicultural Center: The Multicultural Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students from all ethnic backgrounds can get information on admission, registration, course and program planning, and referrals to on-campus and community services. Our Multicultural Center (MCC) promotes student success through a cultural, academic and social framework in collaboration with college and community partners.