The CAP (College Access Program) and MECHS (Middle Early College High School) are two signature programs of Buffalo State College, housed in the office of Continuing Professional Studies.
Both programs are aimed at introducing high school juniors and seniors to college level work, and allow them to achieve college credits for successful participation, as well as credits towards graduation from their home school.
CAP Courses offered cover a range of disciplines, from mathematics to fashion design, and vary in number and kind by school and district. Each course is offered at a fraction of the cost of its college level tuition, which makes the program highly affordable for famlies, while providing future savings in college costs.
Participating CAP high school instructors are partnered with a Buffalo State faculty member, who provides guidance and support to ensure the level of work meets college standards. A solid record of success has been achieved for all, in more than 20 schools across the state.
The Middle Early College High School (MECHS) was established by the Buffalo Public schools in September, 2003. Its philosophy is to provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment for underserved high school students that have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum. During the program, students take a variety of courses on the high school and college campus for which they receive dual credit upon successful completion of the courses. Students have the opportunity to graduate high school with up to 51 college credit hours. The school is a “school of choice,” meaning that students have to apply to the school and there are a series of academic tests and interviews that are used to determine acceptance. One condition of acceptance is a commitment by students and their families to the rigors of the program, including attending a four-week summer program each summer they are in school.
If you are a high school/instructor interested in partnering with Buffalo State to offer the great opportunity CAP programming presents to your students, please contact us for more information.
Kristin E. Fields, M.S.
Continuing Professional Studies
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