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Shields Professor-in-Residence Program Benefits Local High Schools

May 31, 2018 Tags: Business and Communications

Professor in Residence StudentsThe SFU Professor in Residency Program is giving students at local Catholic high schools an opportunity to receive college credits, without leaving their classroom. The cooperative educational endeavor enables the Shields School of Business to provide valuable business education outreach to regional Catholic High Schools such as Bishop Carroll, Bishop McCort, and Bishop Guilfoyle.

"Many private high schools do not have the resources on hand to offer basic fundamental courses in economics and business like this course," said Dr. Randy Frye, Dean of the Shields School of Business. "The active learning course covers a variety of hot business topics such as entrepreneurship, investments, and careers in business.  We love the opportunity to work with our valuable partner Catholic high schools in such a collaborative arrangement."

Taught by Saint Francis business faculty, the courses include Wall Street 101: Business in a Global Society, Business 101, Introduction to Engineering and STEM, and Introduction to Statistics.

Another feature of the PIR program is a Summer in France opportunity for the schools.  In June of 2017 for the fourth year, a group of 8 BCCHS and 3 BGCHS students were accompanied by three high school teachers and Ms. Kelly Aharrah, Assistant Director of Admissions, for 10 days at the campus in Ambialet, France and completed the college course FNAR 102: Culture and Values. 

The PIR program is meant to be a mutually-beneficial partnership between the Catholic educational organizations with similar missions. 

For the high schools, the program provides additional college-credit courses that otherwise would not be available in the high schools, exposure to college faculty and pedagogy. Because the schools pay part of the cost of instruction, the cost for students is very reasonable compared to other college in high school tuitions. 

For Saint Francis University, the program fulfills part of its mission through community service and part of its Francis 2020 Strategic Plan by collaborating with community partners, and allows direct contact with high school students. 

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