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Pilot program helps students get a leg up on college

Shepherd Hill Regional High School students Laura Sprague, Tim Bouchard, and Brittani Vaillancourt were part of a pilot program that allowed high school students to take an undergraduate-level course at Nichols College. The schools’ partnership was recently formalized and extended. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
December 20, 2011
DUDLEY — After a winning pilot program that partnered Shepherd Hill Regional High School with Nichols College for the fall semester, the Dudley Charlton Regional School Committee unanimously approved a formal partnership for the spring semester at their Wednesday, Dec. 14 meeting.

Shepherd Hill was the only area high school to jump on board for the pilot of the ACCESS Program, a partnership with Nichols College that allowed juniors and seniors the opportunity to take an undergraduate level class at a discounted rate, earning credits which will be transferable to a 2- or-4-year college. Bartlett High School and Grafton High School will also be teaming up with Nichols for ACCESS after the pilot program's success.

According to Shepherd Hill Regional High School principal Mary Pierangeli, 25 students took part in the pilot program, enrolling in a special topics management course, which was taught by Nichols College faculty.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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