Pathways to Prosperity and STAND Programs

Pathways to Prosperity

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Mission Statement

Pathways to Prosperity strives to introduce high school students to an early college experience. Building on their career interest, P2P guides them on their academic journey to reach their career goals; through secondary and post-secondary collaboration, on campus dual enrollment courses, tutoring and mentoring.

About the Program

In collaboration with Boston Public Schools and the Harvard MedScience High School STEM Program, BHCC’s Pathways to Prosperity Program is a 9-14 early college pathway for high school students interested in healthcare professions. Students will have an opportunity to earn 12-15 college credits prior to high school graduation. This opportunity will allow participants to begin accumulating credits towards a degree or certificate in their chosen healthcare field from BHCC.

*Pathways to Prosperity is a national initiative created by Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education

 Participating Schools Include:

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • The Community Academy of Science and Health

STAND Program

Mission Statement

STAND (Students Taking Action for Nursing Diversity) strives to alleviate disparities in health care through education, experience, and mentoring for high school seniors focused on a career in nursing.

About the Program

STAND began as a grant funded program exclusively for students in selected Boston Public Schools.  After more than ten years, we have expanded our unique program structure to include Somerville High School, Medford Technical Vocational High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Created to assist in the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health care; STAND works with a diverse array of high school seniors to guide them through the necessary prerequisite courses for nursing. Students who complete the STAND program requirements,  BHCC’s nursing  program course prerequisites and who achieve passing scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) are guaranteed acceptance into the College’s highly competitive Registered Nursing Program.

STAND students receive mentoring, individualized advising, tutoring and other specialized support for the duration of the program.  Students may also consider exploring BHCC’s other healthcare options which include certificate programs in Allied Health. 

Participating Schools Include:

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • Urban Science Academy
  • Madison Park Vocational Technical Academy
  • The Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy
  • Somerville High School
  • Medford Vocational Technical High School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School