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The Bridge to College (B2C) Program

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What is the Bridge to College (B2C) Program?

Bridge to College, or B2C, is a mentoring program for “first-generation” students who aspire to go to college and are interested in exploring post-secondary options. In its inaugural year, 20 teachers are paired with students in the B2C Class of 2020 to help guide them through the complex college application process. These mentors supplement the work of school counselors at the high school who are integral to the college application process for all students.

Students and families actively participate in programming workshops held year-round to help with college selection, financial aid, essay writing, test preparation and much more. They also visit local colleges and learn the ins and outs of the college admissions process.

Who are first-generation students?

We are defining “first-generation” as any student who is the first person in their immediate family to attend a four-year college in the United States. That definition could also apply to students who have an older sibling who has already gone through the college application process.

What do B2C mentors help with?

  • Explaining the college planning process to students and families
  • Assessing the student’s coursework, talents, strengths
  • Helping students understand how their interests and abilities can connect to careers and determine what educational requirements are needed to get them there
  • Assisting students in finding colleges that are a good “fit”
  • Providing college entrance test preparation
  • Navigating the application process, including fees, deadlines and more
  • Examining financial aid opportunities, EOP and HEOP programs
  • May accompany students on tours of colleges
  • Connecting high school students with current college students who can explain what college life will be like
  • Becoming a recognizable, friendly face in the halls of the high school

How do students connect with B2C?

Students can apply to be part of Bridge to College. The deadline for applying is generally the fall of the junior year. You can view a sample application here. Please see your counselor for information about the program.

What is the B2C timeline?

Students and families will take part in a program that spans two academic years, beginning in the junior year. The two-year program culminates in the spring of a student’s senior year.

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