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Husson University Partners with Bangor School Department to Create the Bangor High School Business Academy

Published on: August 4, 2015

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BANGOR, MAINE – August 4, 2015 – Husson University’s College of Business and the Bangor School Department have signed an agreement creating the Bangor High School Business Academy. This initiative will allow high school students to earn college academic credits as they work toward their high school diploma.

To qualify, high school students will need to demonstrate they have met the academic requirements necessary to earn course credit at Husson University. Students must meet specified learning outcomes in order to earn advanced standing toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. Advanced standing is earned by either demonstrating their proficiency in specific course content or scoring at appropriate levels in advanced testing programs.

Husson University College of Business Dean Marie Hansen, J.D., Ph.D., calls the agreement, “…a great opportunity for high school students interested in jump-starting their college careers. Students should be thinking about their future as early as the ninth grade. High school success can now count toward academic credit at the college level. 

In their freshman year, students will begin taking classes that expose them to a variety of business and accounting concepts to help them determine their career interests. Courses that count for college credit will be held at Bangor High School and on the campus of Husson University. Additional activities at Husson will include speakers, career fairs and other experiential learning opportunities for high school students. All courses carrying the potential for college credit are reviewed to ensure that learning aligns with college-level education.  

Depending on the program of study, students entering college could receive credit for up to 30 credit hours. College credit in offerings beyond business can be earned by successfully completing advanced testing programs that determine a student’s level of knowledge in art history, languages, biology, chemistry, physics, economics or history. 

“College credits earned via this agreement can be applied toward associate and bachelor degrees at Husson University,” said Hansen. “They can also be transferred to other colleges and universities. This provides students with a variety of options for planning their higher education trajectory.”

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Husson University to provide our students more opportunities for post-secondary learning and careers,” said Dr. Betsy Webb, Superintendent of the Bangor School Department. “Having our students’ accelerated learning in high school recognized and rewarded is a great benefit and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.”

In an effort to help young people become productive citizens in the 21st century and beyond, the Bangor School Department provides a wide range of academic, extra and co-curricular opportunities for students that prepare them to compete in today’s global economy. With a variety of offerings before, during, and after the school day, the Bangor School Department helps students excel. At the high school level, students explore areas of career and personal interest while preparing for post-secondary education. The Bangor School Department is dedicated to being on the educational and technological cutting edge in order to meet the needs of students and society, both now and in the future.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees.  With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education.  Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication.  In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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