Nationally, 28% of students drop out before they even become a sophomore in college stranding credits and incurring student debt that saddles a student for years.
The top two reasons for dropping out according to an article “23 College Dropout Statistics That Will Surprise You” By Kim P, are:
“According to a study conducted by Public Agenda, the number one reason for leaving college is money. It’s not high tuition bills, though. Many students work while going to school. They find it too difficult to balance both responsibilities. In fact, only 31% of those citing money as their reason for dropping out did so because of high tuition rates. 54% said they dropped out because they couldn’t balance work and school.” Bridge Academy students complete college with drastically reduced student debt without having to take remedial courses, and with scholarships available for income qualified students.
“Because of the Bridge Program I was able to get my degree in 3 years and reach my dream, teaching in my hometown elementary school at the age of 21.”
CTE Program: Business
Desired Career: Teacher
College: Accepted into Husson, completed Bachelor’s Degree in 3 years
Current: Kindergarten teacher at Hermon Elementary School
“This program showed me what to expect on a college level. I was also able to save money in general education classes for my major.”
CTE Program: Business
Desired Career: Pharmacy
College: Accepted to Husson
Current: Attending Pharmacy School at Husson, working for community pharmacy
“There are several benefits to the Bridge Academy program. Not only do you get college credits at a reduced cost, but also college work experience. Most of the college credits earned through Bridge Academy are easily transferred to other colleges. Bridge Academy also opens up other opportunities like college tours and visits over the summer as well as meeting Maine employers in different fields. I would highly recommend any incoming student to check out the Bridge Academy program, especially if they are planning on staying in-state for college.”
CTE Program: Electrical
Lewiston Regional Technical Center ‘21
Lewiston High School
“I would highly recommend Bridge Academy to other students! As a member, I have come to the realization that programs like Bridge are extremely helpful when preparing for college and after high school plans. I would recommend Bridge Academy to other students because it provides an opportunity for scholarships that not many people have access to. It also introduces students to courses that would benefit their career path.”
CTE Program: Culinary Arts
Region Two School of Applied Technology ‘21
Houlton High School
“Coming into Bridge, I had hoped to learn to manage time for school work better and be a more efficient learner and student. I knew I had good grades but I still didn’t try enough in school. Going into my senior year, I can firmly say that I have learned everything and more… I think it is a wonderful opportunity to be introduced into a gateway of new skills, things that we don’t learn in the common, everyday high school schedule. Bridge certainly prepares us how to be a successful student in college and even a respected and independent worker.”
CTE Program: Biomedical
Hancock County Technical Center ‘21
Ellsworth High School
“Bridge was instrumental in getting me to where I am in my life right now. If it was not for Bridge I would not have gotten into the medical radiography program straight out of high school. By taking general education courses in high school it allowed me to go right into my program on the two year track. After graduating my program I was able to get a job straight out of school. I then worked for 10 months before I was able to go back to school online for cardiac sonography which would not have been possible without my credits from Bridge. Bridge helped me to get 2 associate degrees in 3 years.”
CTE Program: CNA
Desired Career: Radiologist
Current: Cardiac Sonographer
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