Jumpstart Your College Education By Enrolling in the catalyst program

2021 Catalyst Program August 7-19, 2021

Incoming freshmen are invited to campus two weeks before the start of the school year to complete a general education course. By doing so, students get acclimated to campus, make new friends, develop study skills and ease their academic workloads – all before the semester officially begins.

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Information on Enrollment in Catalyst Program

To enroll in the Catalyst Program complete the registration form below and email it to Kendall Kirkham.

Contact Kendall Kirkham for more information on the Catalyst Program.

Program Information

Students will complete three (3) hours of their general education requirements, build critical study skills and learn to transition to college. The class will meet every day and include mandatory study sessions to process the material learned in class.

Students can choose one of three courses offered:

About the Faculty

Dr. Scott Giltner

Dr. Scott Giltner received his B.A. in history from Hiram College before going on to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. Since 2005 he has taught at Culver-Stockton College, where he is Professor of History and Chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. An environmental historian interested in the intersection of race and subsistence, particularly in post-emancipation societies, Scott is a published author. He lives in Quincy, IL, with his wife Heather Keller-Giltner and their three cats, Gus, Bitsy and Lucy.

Heather Keller-Giltner, MA, GCDF

Heather Keller-Giltner received B.A. degrees in English and communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield where she also earned her M.A. in English. She is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, focusing on the way motivational approaches impact student success. Known for her animated teaching style, she enjoys hobbies consistent with her hidden preference for introversion: napping with cats, waking up before most other humans and enjoying tea and coffee in solitude. She and her husband, Scott Giltner, whom she met at C-SC, live in Quincy, IL with their three cats.

Dr. Esa Seegulam

Dr. M. Esa Seegulam is from the Caribbean twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. He loves teaching biology courses to majors and non-majors alike and enjoys working with first-generation college students, as he was one when he first came to the U.S. for college in 2002. Dr. Seegulam lives in Canton with his cat Schmutz and spends his free time watching documentaries, cooking and traveling.

Program Cost: $800

Costs include:

  • One three (3) credit hour course
  • Housing (not available to commuters)
  • Three (3) meals per day
  • Program Activities

Cancellation Policy: No adjustment to the tuition charge will be made for drops after Aug. 7, 2021. If a student drops the program before Aug. 20, 2021, the student will be required to move off campus until the official move-in day for the academic year. The last day to withdraw from the program without academic penalty is Aug. 13, 2021, at 5 p.m.