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Bergen, Passaic Students Can Earn College Credits At bergenPac

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is establishing a pilot program with Bergen Community College as the only performing arts school in the region to offer college credits to high school students ages 16 and up.
The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is establishing a pilot program with Bergen Community College as the only performing arts school in the region to offer college credits to high school students ages 16 and up. Photo Credit: COURTESY: bergenPAC

ENGLEWOOD, N.J.– High school students in Bergen County can earn discounted college credits in the performing arts thanks to the inaugural collaboration between Bergen Community College Paramus and Englewood bergenPAC.

The Bergen Community College Dual Enrollment College Credit Program offers 50 percent off Bergen Community College rates due to a pilot program with bergenPAC. Up to 11 credits can be earned through the program.

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is the only theater school in the region to offer college credits to high school students ages 16 and up.

The dual enrollment program includes advanced jazz, chorus, acting, and participation in the summer musical as well as guided independent studies in arts-focused pursuits such as costume and set design for up to three credits for each course, and six for the musical.

Students can use credits earned at Bergen Community College or any other New Jersey college or university that accepts BCC credits.

Students must be 16 and register by January 2017 to participate.

Many high schools offer college credits, though none are arts-focused, according to organizers.

“As the only performing arts school that offers a college credit-based program, we have created the opportunity for a great number of local students to pursue artistic studies and to be rewarded for that pursuit,” said Dominic Roncace, bergenPAC CEO., “It gives them the freedom to explore the arts while simultaneously working towards a college degree before they even enroll in college, which is incredibly unique.”

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC has received recognition for its excellence in education.

“Dual enrollment represents one of the many programs Bergen has developed to help streamline the path to a college degree,” Bergen Community College President B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D., said.

To participate, students register at bergenPAC and pay additional tuition to Bergen Community College at 50 percent off the regular tuition rate of $138.50 per credit.

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