The transition from high school to college isn't always an easy one. The challenge can be too much for some students forcing them to drop out but the University of Akron has a program to try and change that.

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AKRON -- The transition from high school to college isn't always an easy one.

While some drop out early, the University of Akron has a program to try and change that.

"We work with particular, first-generation, low-income, hardworking Northeast Ohio students and pride ourselves in turning them into the future leaders and future innovators of tomorrow," says Adam Smith, Assistant Vice President for Student Success.

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Running Start Stem Summer Bridge program is for historically underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math fields. It allows the freshmen to get a jump start on their college careers. They take summer courses and get to know the campus and faculty.

"Before actually getting into the program I was nervous about college," student Melisha Vaughn says. "Is it going to be really hard? Am I going to make it? What am I going to do? Am I going to get lost? Now, I'm like comfortable, I know I can do this now."

Vaughn planned to study nursing but after being part of the program and doing well in pre-calculus she's thinking about majoring in biomedical engineering.

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