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Our Students - Bridge Academy Maine

Our Students

Who Our Students Are

Our students are high school students who pursue a program at a CTE school, who are committed to fully utilizing their educational opportunities, who learn best through real life experiences, and who are willing to put forth extra effort for their future.



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:


  • Money and
  • having to take remedial courses.

“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.

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A feature of The Bridge Academy is its structured educational experience. These courses are taught by college approved high school teachers. In addition to their college courses, Bridge Academy students attend their regional CTE School where they participate in technical education in a field of their choice which in many cases have articulated college credits available. Students can also take additional college courses outside of traditional high school time at the same reduced price.


The secret to success is that students have more access to support services in high school. Guidance counselors, teachers, professors, CTE instructors and parents are all there to help students succeed. The Bridge Academy trains students to advocate for themselves, develop study habits, and attain invaluable experience through summer academies, internships, and job shadowing. Student access to high school teachers is a common reason for success stated by graduates of the Bridge Academy. The transition to campus life is much easier for Bridge Academy students who have proven that they do not need remedial courses.


Bridge Academy students are committed individuals who utilize their educational opportunities, learn best through relevant, real-life experiences, and who are willing to put forth extra effort towards their future. Bridge Academy is an excellent extraordinary opportunity to pursue only after thoughtful consideration and understanding of the magnitude of commitment and work required to achieve success.

Bridge Academy students experience career exploration within their CTE programs, and job shadowing.

Bridge Academy students have an opportunity to earn their Associates degree in 12 months or less after high school graduation.

Bridge Academy students have the ability to graduate with up to 24 college credits* along with high school diploma and trade certification.

Bridge Academy allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree in 3 years or less after high school graduation

What our Graduates Say

“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.”
Lauren Ouellette

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.”
Amber Chasse

CTE Program: Business
Desired Career: Pharmacy
College: Accepted to Husson
Current: Attending Pharmacy School at Husson, working for community pharmacy

“The Bridge Program provided me with the tools I needed to be successful in college. I now work full time in an urgent care facility and have my Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Studies. I plan to start my Masters in public health next year. This was all possible because of the education I received in The Bridge Program.”
Taylor Smith

“The Bridge Program helped a lot because it got me ready for college and showed me what to expect. It also gave me the opportunity to start Husson as a freshman already having knocked out at least 6 classes I don’t have to take now because of the Bridge Program. This program has also given me opportunities as I have college classes under my belt, which the Air Force likes to see, and that has given me more benefits and job offers, all thanks to Bridge.”
Gabby Chasse

“The Bridge Program benefitted me in many ways. I was able to get many of my general education classes out of the way while still in high school. I also was able to save money by taking the same courses for less than half of what they would cost at the university. I am now going to graduate a semester early! I would have been able to graduate a full year early, but I have decided to take an extra semester and study abroad!”
Amber Burris

“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.”
Kayla McLeish

CTE Program: CNA
Desired Career: Radiologist
College: EMCC
Current: Cardiac Sonographer
CTE Program: 1 year Business, 1 Year CAN
Desired Career: Nursing
College: EMMC
Current: Employed at Northern Light

General Questions about Bridge Academy


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