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Early Access to College (EAC) kicked off in 2005 as a comprehensive college preparation and retention program to encourage Boston Public Schools (BPS) students to pursue a college education.
Earn college credit that also counts as credit toward their BPS high school diploma
Take college-level classes at no charge
Are committed to a technology career, but not necessarily pursuing an Advanced Placement or fast-track to college
Benefit from the full complement of BFIT’s hallmark Whole-Student Support services, including staff support for understanding and navigating the financial aid process
Develop abilities in self-management, advocacy, and persistence
Build practical skills and “ test drive” college while still in high school
Can potentially complete one full year of college credits (half of an associate degree!) while still in high school
EAC is a long-term commitment to Boston high school students and to strengthening the Greater Boston community. This successful dual enrollment program increases students’ chances of accessing an education that leads to a meaningful, sustainable career with opportunities for advancement and a brighter future. EAC is producing college-bound, skills-oriented youth, but it requires continual annual funding.
Charlie Cremens is Director of BPS Partnerships and Athletics. He holds a NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He previously worked in constituency relations with the West Suburban YMCA, Massachusetts Senate President’s Office and National Association of Government Employees before joining Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in 2007. Charlie is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).