BRIDGETON, N.J., —Bridgeton Public Schools has once again made education the ‘beacon’ of light for the City of Bridgeton, providing the opportunity for 50 Bridgeton High School students to earn an Associate’s degree and their high school diploma by the end of 12th grade!
After announcing that twenty-three Bridgeton High School students would receive full scholarships to a four year university as part of the Give Something Back Foundation,
Dr. Thomasina Jones, Superintendent of Bridgeton Public Schools, immediately knew the ‘early college high school’ program was another bright pathway for her students to receive access to a college degree, tuitionfree!
“The early college high school program will be a game changer for our students, providing a legacy of opportunities for families in Bridgeton for generations to come,” explained Dr. Jones.
The Carver Early College High School Program of Bridgeton will open its doors on the campus of Cumberland County College this coming Fall. Building partnerships between Bridgeton Public Schools, Cumberland County College, Stockton University, and the George Washington Carver Education Foundation (CARVER), the county’s first ‘early college high school’ program will offer pathways to college and career readiness for students in Bridgeton.
Through a course articulation agreement established with Cumberland County College, students of Bridgeton High School will have the opportunity to pursue an Associate’s degree in: Computer Science/Information Technology; Network Management/Cyber Security, Health Sciences (the Nursing or Biomedical track), or Business Management/Entrepreneurship. In addition, upon completion of the program, the students can transfer to Stockton University and earn a Bachelor’s degree in related fields of study.
The ‘early college high school’ (ECHS) is a successful national program that serves underrepresented students in higher education, who are first generation collegegoers, English language learners, and those who may not be able to pay for a college education. Statistically, ‘early college high school’ students engage in rigorous high school and college coursework that outperforms their peers nationwide (www.jff.org).
Bridgeton Public Schools is working closely with CARVER to implement evidencedbased, instructional frameworks that (1) prepare developing students to obtain a college degree while in high school, and (2) develop the skills needed to obtain a ‘job of the future’. The Carver Early College High School Program of Bridgeton is poised to shine as a ‘beacon’ of light throughout South Jersey, serving as a model program for replication in the coming years. For more information about the Carver Early College High School Program of Bridgeton, contact Ms. Penny Britt, ECHS District Lead Person, (856) 455-8030 ext. 1202 or Dr. Jerome Taylor, Carver ECHS Program Manager, (609) 501-5125, firstname.lastname@example.org.