Diocesan Academy announces partnership 
with Bridgewater State University

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Earlier this year, the Diocese of Fall River announced the establishment of an Academy as a strategic platform for developing partnerships with higher education institutions as well as corporations and other organizations. The Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Bridgewater State University effective immediately in order to impact this current academic school year.

The partnership with Bridgewater State University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) will allow our Catholic school students exposure to the many programs offered through the BSU Observatory, CityLab and Watershed Access laboratories, as well as Geography and Earth Science activities and Project Earthview. Bridgewater State’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education will also provide professional development opportunities for Catholic school teachers and administrators.

“As the director of CASE, I am excited to partner with the Diocese of Fall River’s Academy in order to expand the reach of these exciting programs,” said Jennie Aizenman, Ph.D. “There are so many interesting programs to offer students — including watershed, biotechnology, climate science, geography and astronomy. We are excited about opportunities to offer professional development to teachers so they can provide state-of-the-art curriculum in STEM-related subjects.”

Steve Perla, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, added, “Partnerships with higher education organizations such as Bridgewater State University are why we created The Academy. These partnerships provide to our students so many practical learning experiences and opportunities that they would not otherwise have in a traditional program. Our overall goal is to give each of our school students an academically rigorous experience that successfully prepares them for college and for a career, within an intentionally Christ-centered atmosphere.”

Ellen Russell, director of STEM Education for The Academy, said: “As a professional in STEM-related fields, I could not be happier to partner with Bridgewater State University. One immediate project involves students participating in the Citizen Scientists! Program which is a weather and climate data collecting project that has national implications. We are thrilled that Bridgewater State will be able to give these students a great foundation should they choose a STEM career.”

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