"The grant increases the connection between the high school students and their mentors at BHCC," said Dean of Professional Studies Bogusia Wojciechowska, who oversees the entrepreneurship program. "This communication is essential in helping these students make the transition from high school to college." Charlestown High School, Boston's Quincy Upper School and Malden High School have completed agreements enabling students to earn college credits toward a business degree or an entrepreneurship certificate. BHCC plans to make agreements with up to ten more high schools this fall.
"The competition has become one of the most anticipated parts of our annual conference," said Heather Van Sickle, executive director of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). "Sixteen finalists gave a three-minute, in-person pitch to foundation representatives at our conference. Out of those 16 invited to pitch, 10 received grants." NACCE announced the winners at its October conference.