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Early College Bridge Program

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Our Early College Bridge Program was designed to help students prepare for college and experience career options so they can find a major that is right for them.

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Overview & Distinctions

Overview

The D’Youville Early College Bridge Program is an education experience that allows students to explore potential careers and earn college credits while still in high school. During the program, students have a chance to take college challenge courses taught by their high school teachers that lead to transferable credit and put them on a pathway to earn certificates and beyond.

During their rising junior and rising senior summers, students will participate in pre-collegiate summer camps that include tracks to explore careers. In addition to the courses throughout the school year, students will engage in experiences during the semester to develop college readiness and explore career options.

The D'Youville Difference

The Early College Bridge Program is more than students earning college credit — it is a fully integrated model:

  1. Students earn credentials along the way, including certificates and degrees.
  2. The program is a cohort-model, so that students can rely on and learn alongside each other.
  3. Tutoring and careful career coaching is built in to keep students on track and to support them academically and personally.
  4. Teacher professional development is built into the program to assist them in scaffolding their teaching, offering them a pedagogical model, and partnering them with college faculty for support.

Pathways

Predicted Pathways & Tracks

The Early College Bridge Program will offer two pathways to students in the program. Both pathways will allow students to earn certificates and advanced certificates as they progress through the program and explore potential careers.


Health Professions Pathway

Health Professions Track
Basic Certificates
  • Community Health Worker
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Professions Studies
Advanced Certificates
  • Advanced Community Health Worker
  • Advanced Health Professions Studies 
Pharmacy Track
Advanced Certificates
  • Pharmacy Technician
Nursing Track
Basic Certificates
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
Advanced Certificates
  • Advanced Heath Professions Studies

Liberal Arts & Sciences Pathway

Liberal Arts & Sciences Track
Basic Certificates
  • Research & Information
  • Information Technology Coding
  • Activism
  • Ethics
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Studies
Advanced Certificates
  • Writing and Media
  • Medical Humanities
  • Advanced Liberal Arts and Science
  • Community Leadership

These pathways are currently in the draft phase and subject to change as the program progresses. All certificates and degrees are subject to change depending on NYS approval.

Timeline

Program Timeline

Spring/Summer
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Developing marketing materials.
School is responsible for:
  1. Identifying the teacher for the career class.
  2. Working with the Early College Bridge Program coordinator to plan experiences for Year 1.
  3. Marketing to 8th graders.
Year One
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Presenting an introduction to the Early College Bridge Program to high school staff/teachers.
  2. Providing 2 experiences for the freshman career course, including 1 on campus and 1 at the high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  3. Providing access to a D’Youville Early College Bridge Program coordinator.
  4. Curriculum planning for Years 2/3.
School is responsible for:
  1. Providing a high school coordinator for the Early College Bridge Program.
  2. Working with the Early College Bridge Program coordinator to schedule 2 experiences for the freshman career course, including 1 on campus and 1 at the high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  3. Career class teacher will use common measurement tools to assess student growth in August, January, and May.
  4. High school staff will identify students for Year 2 college-level class.
  5. High school administrators will identify high school staff that will teach college-level class.
  6. Students moving into Year 2 with the program will deliver overview of Year 1 presentation to each high school's school board.
  7. Curriculum planning for Years 2/3.
Year Two
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Reviewing Year 1 curriculum, student data, teacher surveys, and making any needed revisions (Summer).
  2. Providing 5 days (35 hours) of professional development for 10 teachers (Summer).
  3. Providing 10 hours of college faculty consultation.
  4. Providing 4 experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at the high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  5. Providing access to a D’Youville Early College Bridge Program coordinator.
  6. Curriculum planning for Year 4.
School is responsible for:
  1. Providing a high school coordinator for the Early College Bridge Program.
  2. Reviewing Year 1 curriculum, student data, teacher surveys, and making any needed revisions (Summer).
  3. Sponsoring up to 10 teachers to attend professional development (Summer).
  4. Developing the sequence for 5 college challenge courses.
  5. Working with the Early College Bridge Program coordinator to schedule 4 experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at the high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  6. Delivering the application process to interested students (Spring).
  7. Selecting at least 20 participating students and identifying chosen tracks (Spring).
  8. Curriculum planning for Year 4.
  9. Students to deliver overview presentation to each high school's school board.
Year Three
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Providing 5 days (35 hours) of professional development for 10 teachers.
  2. Providing 10 hours of college faculty consultation.
  3. Providing 4 experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at the high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  4. Providing a D’Youville Early College Bridge Program coordinator.
  5. Providing summer camp.
  6. Handling tuition and fees for 5 college challenge (dually enrolled) courses; may include one course during sophomore year.
  7. Managing ECBP mentor*, 3 meetings per semester.
  8. Providing 2 after-school experiences.
  9. Providing 2 career coaching sessions.
  10. Weekly tutoring sessions.
School is responsible for:
  1. Providing a high school coordinator for the Early College Bridge Program.
  2. Providing at least 20 participating students.
  3. Sponsoring up to 10 teachers who attend professional development (Summer).
  4. Delivering at least 5 college challenge courses (Fall/Spring).
  5. Working with the Early College Bridge Program coordinator to:
    1. Schedule 10 hours of faculty consultation for the year.
    2. Schedule 4 all-school experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at the high school.
    3. Schedule 3 mentor meetings (individual), 2 after-school experiences (group), 2 career coaching sessions (group), and 8 tutoring sessions (group) per student.
  6. Students to deliver overview presentation to each high school's school board.
Year Four
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Providing 5 days (35 hours) of professional development for 10 teachers.
  2. Providing 10 hours of college faculty consultation.
  3. Providing 4 experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at your high school; up to 60 students per experience.
  4. Providing a D’Youville Early College Bridge Program coordinator.
  5. Providing summer camp.
  6. Handling tuition and fees for 5 college challenge (dually enrolled) courses; may include one course during sophomore year.
  7. Managing ECBP mentor*, 3 meetings per semester.
  8. Providing 2 after-school experiences (group).
  9. Providing 2 career coaching sessions (group).
  10. Weekly tutoring sessions (group).
  11. Awarding certificates by graduation.
School is responsible for:
  1. Providing a high school coordinator for the Early College Bridge Program.
  2. Providing at least 20 participating students.
  3. Sponsoring up to 10 teachers who attend professional development (Summer).
  4. Delivering at least 5 college challenge courses (Fall/Spring).
  5. Working with the Early College Bridge Program coordinator to:
    1. Schedule 10 hours of faculty consultation for the year.
    2. Schedule 4 all-school experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at your high school.
    3. Schedule 3 mentor meetings (individual), 2 after-school experiences (group), 2 career coaching sessions.
Year Five
D'Youville is responsible for:
  1. Handling tuition and fees for up to 10 college courses or until a degree is achieved.
  2. Managing ECBP mentor, 3 meetings per semester (individual).
  3. Providing 2 career coaching sessions (group).
  4. Weekly tutoring sessions (group).

Cost

Program Costs

11th Grade Students Cost

Annual cost per high school student in 11th grade: $1,400

This fee includes:
  1. Summer camp.
  2. Tuition and fees for 5 college challenge (dually enrolled) courses; may include one course sophomore year.
  3. ECBP mentor, 3 meetings per semester.
  4. 2 after-school experiences.
  5. 2 career coaching sessions.
  6. Weekly tutoring sessions.
12th Grade Students Cost

Annual cost per high school student in 12th grade: $1,400

This fee includes:
  1. Summer camp.
  2. Tuition and fees for 5 college challenge (dually enrolled) courses.
  3. ECBP mentor, 3 meetings per semester.
  4. 2 after-school experiences.
  5. 2 career coaching sessions.
  6. Weekly tutoring sessions.
  7. Certificate earned by graduation.
College Freshman Students Cost

Annual cost per college freshman: TBD, based on anticipated college expenses

This fee includes:
  1. Tuition and fees for up to 10 college courses or until a degree is earned.
  2. ECBP mentor, 3 meetings per semester.
  3. 2 career coaching sessions.
  4. Weekly tutoring sessions.
School Cost

Annual cost per school: $5,000

This fee includes:
  1. 5 days (35 hours) of professional development for 10 teachers.
  2. 10 hours of college faculty consultation.
  3. 4 experiences per year, including 2 on campus and 2 at your high school; up to 120 students per experience.
  4. Access to a D’Youville Early College Bridge Program coordinator.
  • * Students who are not enrolled in the Early College Bridge Program may earn transferable college credit at a reduced rate of $70/credit and may participate in any summer camp for a reduced rate of $150/summer camp.
  • ** School provides a mentor until Year 5 of the program. Starting Year 5, a graduate of the program will be compensated via work-study by D’Youville.
  • *** School does not start paying until Year 2 of the program.
  • **** Early College Bridge Program students who are enrolled full time in Year 5 will qualify for a significantly discounted tuition rate. Students who are eligible for state and federal financial aid (Pell and TAP grants) will have most, if not all, tuition costs covered by grants. Students will also have access to ScholarshipUniverse and institutional aid from D’Youville.

Contact Us

Institute for Teaching Innovation
Leah MacVie, Director

Location: KAB 214
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: 716-829-7863