DECO high school students ace college course

DECO high school students ace college course
Posted on 01/24/2018

DANBURY, CONN. — Five students in the second cohort Danbury Early College Opportunity (DECO) at Danbury High School earned a grade of 98 or better in their first college-level course, Introduction to Computing, last semester.


DECO, under the direction of coordinator Dr. Sarah Roy, gives students an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree simultaneously with their high school diploma. The degree program is offered by Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) at the high school as part of the program’s curriculum. Students begin accelerating their high school requirements so that by sophomore or junior year they can begin incorporating college-level courses. They can expect to complete the Associate Degree in four, five or six years. Some courses may take place at NVCC’s Danbury campus. DHS is the second high school in Connecticut to offer ECO.


The outstanding students, Aliyah Seng, Johanna Piedra, Aaron Melendez, Kelisha Marquez and Tania Alvarez, each received a certificate for achievement and a gift card. They were among 21 DECO students who took the course taught by NVCC instructor Greg Fimmano. The course was taught in 45-minute class periods at DHS four days a week.


“We are pleased that we’ve been able to offer this incredible opportunity to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella. “Dr. Roy has helped organize mentors and has led many project opportunities to build confidence as these students move ahead with college work. These students are now surpassing our expectations not only with high marks but with their passion and positive attitude toward the program.”


There are 77 students in the first cohort, 61 in the second and 65 freshmen students who started the third cohort in September.


Sixteen students from the first cohort recently completed two NVCC courses on programming and database design; those same students are now fulfilling general education requirements through the high school’s Advanced Placement courses or at the college’s Danbury campus this semester. Students in cohorts one and two will also take a political science course after school.

“NVCC’s flourishing and entrepreneurial Danbury campus, under the leadership of Dean Antonio Santiago, is proud to partner with DHS on this important initiative for Danbury students. Multiple studies have shown that high school students who complete several college courses while enrolled in secondary education are more likely to persist and receive a baccalaureate degree. The DECO program is a powerful example of how NVCC is living its mission and serving as an engine of change in the communities we serve,” said NVCC president Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis.


Applications for next fall’s DECO cohort will be available soon on the DPS website.

#Danbury Board of Education#