UNC Officials Study Academic Boot Camp At Community College

An academic boot camp in Jacksonville that helps Marines brush up on the basics could be the model for programs in the University of North Carolina system.

UNC system President Erskine Bowles says the boot camp could help students prepare for college work. He points to too many high school graduates in North Carolina arriving to college unprepared academically, contributing to low graduation rates.

About 18-hundred Marines have attended the four-week program since 2002.

Officials at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville where the Marines attend the class say about 85 percent of the students complete it and improve an average of three grade levels based on tests at the end of the class.

UNC officials are looking at the course as they search for ways to possibly expand or create new summer college-prep programs.