Interim Dean of Nichols Graduate & Professional Studies, Dawn Sherman (left), hopes to implement an ACCESS Program which allows local area students to take college-level courses in their junior and senior years of high school.
“At this time, Oxford High School and Shepherd Hill Regional High School principals are sending letters to parents requesting them to complete a survey about interest in the Program” says Sherman.
ACCESS courses will include: Communications Principals; Critical Thinking; Logic, Argument and Persuasion; and Planning, Organization and Time Management. Each course is “writing intensive," and therefore, class enrollment will be limited to 25 or fewer students per session.
Courses will be delivered by qualified Nichols faculty in a “blended format,” which includes face-to-face sessions at the high school (after regular school hours), online sessions, and on-campus experiences at Nichols’ Dudley campus on Center Road.
“We hope to start the ACCESS Program this fall,” says Sherman. “The cost of each course will be $350 and the credit is transferable to Nichols, as well as to other two and four-year institutions of higher education.” In order for students to qualify, they must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 and have access to the internet via a personal computer.
“We are always thinking of new ways to connect with our local communities,” says Sherman. “After all, approximately 38 percent of our day students come from Worcester County, Mass., or from Windham County, Conn.”