Detroit High School students prepare for college

More than two dozen graduates from Detroit high schools will get a jump on college life through a program offered at Madonna University.

The special seven-week summer program is through Bridging Lost Gaps and starts Sunday at the small, Catholic university west of Detroit in Livonia.

Founder and director Bryant George says the program prepares black males from the inner city for the academic rigors and culture change that will greet them at Madonna.

The 25 freshmen will take introduction to English and math, and computer literacy courses before fall semester classes begin.

The program is in its third year and includes six juniors and 11 sophomores. George says the retention rate is 100 percent. Students receive partial scholarships and are mentored by Madonna faculty and staff.