PERSIST to College (Personal Initiative and Social Transformation – High School Students)


  • Who:   If you are a high school student who wants to start college before graduating from high school, PERSIST to College is for you.
  • What:  This cohort program provides you with a focused transition to college. You may be able to finish one year of college credit while you are still attending high school.
  • Benefits for You:
    • You learn to work smart, not hard. With advanced approval, the courses you take in PERSIST may be used to fulfill some of your high school courses and requirements.
    • You are part of a learning cohort that provides the support services you need to succeed, including individual counseling, tutoring, mentoring, and educational planning.
    • You receive early priority registration for your first year as a full-time BCC student.  This guarantees you access to the classes you want and need to take.
    • You take a College Success course and develop fundamental research, reading, writing and mathematics skills.
    • You work in teams on a semester-long project on how to improve your world.
    • You gain academic skills and insight about the problems facing our communities.
    • You identify your strengths and use them to develop communication and leadership skills. At the same time, you learn math, writing and critical thinking skills crucial to a certificate program or degree.
    • You successfully navigate certificate, transfer and Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways through PERSIST.  You also identify your and your classmates’ working styles. Then, you apply what you have learned in team-building and team management while using communication skills which are needed in a variety of jobs.
    • You participate in special events, including a program graduation.
    • You narrow your academic focus in your second semester and take courses that directly meet your academic and career goals.
  • How to Participate:
    • Complete an orientation program.
    • Take courses part-time with a cohort of your classmates.
    • Attend homework labs and tutoring sessions as directed.
    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.


You can enroll in fall or spring.

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