MCAS Academy

Christine Lapointe, Coordinator

508.678.2811, ext. 2558



Bristol Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Consortium (Formerly known as Tech Prep)

Amanda Donovan, Director

508.678.2811, ext. 2339


College Access Challenge Grant (CACG)

Sarah Morrell, Director

508.678.2811, ext. 2324



Pre-College TRiO Programs:


TRiO/Educational Talent Search

Sarah Morrell, Director 508.678.2811 ext. 2324



TRiO/Upward Bound

Sarah Morrell, Director 508.678.2811 ext. 2324

Dual Enrollment

Maggie O'Brien 508.678.2811, ext. 2405 or Sarah Morrell ext. 2324


Gateway to College

Erik Baumann, Director 508.678.2811 ext. 2557

MCAS Academy

At BCC, MCAS means My Choice for Academic Success. The MCAS Academy provides intensive one-to-one and small group instruction in Mathematics, English Language Arts and Biology for individuals who haven’t yet passed the MCAS exams. In addition, the MCAS Academy offers assistance with the college transition process and a free credit course in career exploration and development. Instruction is offered at the Fall River Campus in a convenient evening schedule year-round. Many MCAS Academy graduates are now attending BCC.

Bristol Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Consortium (Formerly known as Tech Prep)

The Bristol CVTE Consortium is a partnership between Bristol Community College and 11 local school districts who work together to ensure students are college and career ready. The goal of the Consortium is to help students align high school studies with the career and technical programs at BCC. Eligible high school students in CVTE programs can take advantage of free college courses, early college placement testing, various Career Days, and other program activities. Contact the Bristol CVTE Consortium office for more information.

College Access Challenge Grant (CACG)

The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Program is a Federally funded formula grant designed to foster partnerships among federal, state and local entities, to significantly increase the number of under represented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education.

CACG concentrates its efforts on three broad areas:

* Increase the academic preparation so students can enter the college of their choice with a specific concentration on serving disadvantaged and under represented students.

* Increase college access by enhancing students' and families' knowledge of college options and financial aid, especially need based federal and state aid.

* Increasing the persistence of students in college by providing them with education and support at key transition points, particularly prior to college entry and between first and second year of college.

TRiO Educational Talent Search Program

The Educational Talent Search Program serves more than 500 students in Fall River middle and high schools, including Durfee High School, and Kuss, Morton and Talbot Middle Schools. Students are prepared for successful college careers with academic year services in the schools, and at the College. Workshops and presentations on college awareness, financial aid and scholarship availability, career exploration, and college entrance test preparation are provided at least monthly to all students, as well as regular field trips to area colleges and cultural events. Qualified students who are the first generation in their families to plan to go on to higher education or are from low-income households and attending one of the target schools can apply by contacting their school guidance offices or the program directly.

TRiO Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program serves 77 public high school students from Fall River. Year-round intensive academic services are provided to help eligible first-generation, low-income youth prepare for successful college entrance and persistence. The program includes a six-week summer intensive academic residential academy, monthly Saturday classes at BCC, and weekly meetings that include academic instruction, one-on-one tutoring, study skills, MCAS, SAT, and other college entrance test preparation workshops. Students also participate in field trips to museums, theatre and cultural events, college tours, leadership training, and volunteer service activities. More than 90 percent of Upward Bound participants have gone on to earn higher education degrees.

Dual Enrollment

Bristol Community College’s Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll at Bristol Community College as nondegree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the College and the student’s high school.

Students may enroll at BCC for as little as one course on a part-time basis or for as much as a full-time course load of 12 to 15 credits. Some students have been granted release time from their high schools in order to attend their BCC classes during their regular high school hours, while other students take all of their classes at the College. Students may also enroll in afternoon, evening, weekend, and online classes.

A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and an official high school transcript are required. BCC also requires that the students and parent or guardian complete a Dual Enrollment application form which must be signed by the high school guidance counselor. Students who are under the age of 16 need BCC permission to take college classes and must comply with the College’s underage policies and procedures.

Gateway to College

The Gateway to College program offers students a second chance to earn their high school diploma and experience success at Bristol Community College. Gateway to College students take all of their courses at BCC and receive dual credit (high school and college credits). Students first participate in a Foundation Semester and then transition into a traditional college schedule. Upon completion of the program, students receive a high school diploma and significant college credits. Foundation Semester courses may include: ENG 091, MTH 001, HST 111, and CSS 101. *

To be eligible for the program, students must: be between 16-21 years of age, have left high school or be on the verge of leaving without a diploma, be significantly behind on high school credits, read at an 8th grade level or higher (as determined by placement test), live in a qualifying school district and be committed to educational success.

To maintain enrollment in the Gateway to College Program, students are required to adhere to all BCC and Gateway to College policies and maintain a grade of "C" or better in all courses. Daily attendance is mandatory. Currently, Gateway to College is based on the BCC Fall River campuses.



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