GSEAP Welcomes Bridgeport Bassick High School Students
This year the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) has welcomed Bassick High School teachers to hold their regularly scheduled Friday classes on campus in our Fairfield University classrooms. The partnership between GSEAP and Bassick High School was formed with the goal of introducing Bridgeport high school students (80 students this year), some of whom may not have plans to attend college, to learning in a college environment.
“We are pleased to be hosting Bassick students as a way to open our doors to local high schools and give students the opportunity to experience learning on a college campus," said Robert Hannafin, PhD, dean of the School. “Through this partnership we’re hoping to encourage students to rethink their plans after high school, and see higher education as a path they can pursue. And our faculty and the Bassick teachers have already thought of ways to collaborate, which is very exciting."
Nicole Survilla recently hosted her mathematics class in Canisius Hall and is thrilled to be on campus: "Being able to learn at Fairfield is a unique experience for my students because it allows them to see the opportunities that exist beyond Bassick High School. It’s difficult for my students to envision a life in college. For them, higher education can seem far off or even unobtainable, but being at Fairfield and sitting in the seats of college students allows them to envision themselves attending college in the future."
Each class will meet once every four weeks to accommodate 20 students to join campus each Friday during the academic year and will rotate between four classes: Biology, Math, English, and Capstone.