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Bishop Connolly High School Partners with Bristol Community College for Early College Access Program

Bishop Connolly High School is pleased to announce its partnership with Bristol Community College to offer BCHS students early access to college through Bristol’s College Access program. Beginning in January 2023, Bishop Connolly students will have the opportunity to earn college credits while attending high school, giving them a successful head start on their college careers and educational goals. Funded by a grant from BayCoast Bank, the program will offer a targeted sequence of courses towards a major in business, engineering/STEM or health sciences/nursing.

“We are excited to partner with Bristol Community College on this educational initiative,” said Kathleen St. Laurent, Bishop Connolly High School President/Principal. “The program will give our students a wonderful opportunity to access college early and explore their options for majors in specific fields of study.”

Credits earned for successful completion of courses taken at Bristol Community College will also be accepted at numerous higher education institutions, including the University of Massachusetts five-campus system, Northeastern University, Providence College, Bryant University and Lesley University. Under the direction of BCHS Vice Principal of Academic Affairs Megan dos Santos and Kimberly Griffith, Academic Coordinator for Bristol’s College Access program, the dual enrollment program offers students a unique college experience, providing a strong foundation for careers in diverse industries.

“I look forward to working with our neighboring Bishop Connolly High School and connecting them with college-level courses of interest in the in-demand fields of business, healthcare and STEM,” said Griffith.

The College Access program at Bishop Connolly is currently being offered free of charge to BCHS sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students may choose courses in specific tracks, which will include in-person and online instruction by BCC professors.

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