Continuing Professional Studies is partnering with the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) to offer CSAT students the opportunity to earn college credit over a 4 week "summer bridge" program during which the participants will complete UNC 100. Over the course of the program, which will run through the regular academic year, participants will be able to earn as many as 55 credits toward a college degree prior to their high school graduation - at NO CHARGE!
The Early College and Career Pathways (ECCP) is a partnership of BSC, SUNY Erie and CSAT. Funded by The Cullen Foundation and M&T Bank, ECCP kicks off this summer at Buff State, with 50 rising freshmen participating in a Summer Bridge program. Here, they will earn college credit as well as an introduction to various majors and the overall college experience. It is the goal of the program that every summer, a new co-hort of students are added, until all grade levels are represented.
The program was recently featured on WIVB - "Gamechanger for our school."
Provost, Dr. James Mayrose, delivered the following remarks at the ECCP kick off:
"Good afternoon. We, at SUNY Buffalo State, are thrilled to partner with CSAT as part of the Early College and Career Pathways program. Over the past year and a half, representatives from both of our institutions have worked tirelessly to design a collegiate experience for this unique body of students; one that not just leads to the accumulation of college credits, but the accumulation of confidence.
On July 12th, we will welcome 50 rising CSAT freshmen to our campus for the first Summer Bridge – the inaugural step of ECCP. They will be the first group of students we have had on our campus, en mass, in over a year. As a result of this experience, the students will not only earn three college credits, but also participate in workshops, receive tutoring, and gain exposure to a variety of careers and majors. They will have an appreciation for the rigor of the college experience, and receive support to recognize that a college degree is well within their grasp. We look forward to continuing to grow the Summer Bridge experience, and to expand this to all grade levels.
During the academic year, SUNY Buffalo State will play a key role in the Business and Technology pathway, providing dual enrollment courses in computer fundamentals, coding and computer graphics. Even though the students will take the courses with their high school instructors, the collegiate experience will remain front and center. Our faculty will serve as guest speakers; CSAT students will have the opportunity to interact with current Buffalo State students from our Computer Information Sciences department as well as Alumni employed within the field. This broad level of interaction will afford CSAT students the opportunity to hear what it means to be a Buffalo State student, as well as real world experiences from practicing professionals.
As the ECCP program continues to evolve, we look forward to welcoming more CSAT students to our campus. SUNY Buffalo State is one of a handful of four-year institutions nationally that facilitate early college programming. The infusion of collegiate experiences in high school has shown to have a positive impact on the participating
student population; GPAs increase, behavioral issues decline, and life skills such as time management emerge. Though one of the greatest takeaways from a program such as this is the knowledge that one can do things that are challenging, and go on to accomplish things that are great.
I thank our partners at CSAT, Brett, for including SUNY Buffalo State as a partner in this valuable program. We look forward to welcoming your students into the Buffalo State family."
Back to Top
Some content on this page is saved in PDF format. To view these files, download Adobe Acrobat Reader free. If you are having trouble reading a document, request an accessible copy of the PDF or Word Document.