Bassick Business students in new program at Fairfield University

It may be the start of summer vacation for some, but 21 ninth and tenth-graders from the Bassick Business Magnet program in Bridgeport will be getting up early to catch a ride to Fairfield University to take part in a new program the week of June 25-29. Arriving in time for breakfast at 8 a.m., the students will stay through lunch and dinner until 7 p.m., getting a taste of college, and more specifically business school.

Dr. Winston Tellis, acting dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, has been bringing Fairfield students to Bassick to work with high school students and decided this was the next step, to have the Bassick students come to Fairfield. He said the high school students can expect to be challenged by Fairfield University business faculty, and motivated by people like Russell Goings, an African American who helped break down barriers on Wall Street; Kenton Clark, president of Computer Consulting Associates in Southport; and Rashad Ford, a recent Fairfield University graduate who is a Certified Public Accountant in Hartford, Conn. In addition, the students will be given help in developing their study skills.

It won't be all work, though. The students will have time to enjoy the University Recreation Complex and some after dinner entertainment.

There will be a closing ceremony on Friday June 29, between 10:30 and noon. The board members of the Academy of Finance at Bassick Business Magnet as well as representatives from the Bridgeport Board of Education are expected to be on hand.

For more information, please call Dr. Tellis at (203) 254-4070.

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Posted on June 15, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 271

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