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Maria College Creates Satellite Campus at Bishop Maginn High School

Press Release

ALBANY, NY—A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place today at 11:30am at the Bishop Maginn High School for the opening of the Maria College satellite campus; classes are slated to start this fall.  Officials participating in today’s ceremony include Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, D.D., Giovanni Virgiglio, Jr., MSED, superintendent of Catholic schools, Chris Signor, Bishop Maginn principal, Dr. Thomas Gamble, Maria College president, Dr. John Kowal, VP Academic Affairs and Victoria Battell, RSM, Vice President for Mission Integration & Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

Bishop Maginn students in grades 10–12 will be eligible to enroll and earn college credits without leaving their campus. Four courses will be taught by Maria faculty on the Bishop Maginn High School campus in the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. Anatomy and Physiology I for four credits and Statistics for three credits will be offered this Fall 2017. 

Chris Signor, Bishop Maginn high school president stated, “Our high school has a solid reputation for high academic standards and achievements with a curriculum that prepares students for educational and professional pursuits. Ninety-nine percent of our students matriculate at major universities and colleges. This unique partnership with Maria College will provide them with transcripts to prove their abilities and talents in a college environment and provide a unique competitive advantage in college applications. We are dedicating space to the college classes to make it easy for our students to participate.”

Dr. Thomas Gamble, Maria College president stated, “Maria College is excited to welcome the Bishop Maginn participating students into the Maria community. Their immersion into advanced academic material will give them a head start on their college education and will provide them with a competitive edge by earning college credits in high school. This experience will enhance their career readiness focus by motivating them to pursue post-secondary education. The shared Catholic faith based missions of our two institutions also lays a rich foundation for students to pursue careers where they can give back and help others in need. Our collaboration is a commitment to empowering students through education and preparing students for meaningful work and life.”

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About Maria College
Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 16 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The private, co-educational, Catholic college in Albany serves almost 1,000 students in a variety of degree and certificate programs including liberal arts, healthcare management, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, and health and occupational sciences. Maria College prepares students for meaningful careers in healthcare and service so they can make a difference in the lives of others.

About Bishop Maginn
Bishop Maginn High School founded in 1977 serves the youth of the Albany Diocese in grades 9-12 and is a Diocesan Catholic High School staffed by professional and dedicated laity with the goal of preparing students, both morally and academically, for the rigors of undergraduate study. Maginn.  Accredited by the AdvancED North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and maintains strict adherance to the requirements of the New York State Education Department Learning Standards. In addition, over 99% of our students matriculate at major universities and colleges. The graduates from Maginn as well as our heritage schools including Vincentian Institute, Cardinal McCloskey, Cathedral, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, and St. Ann’s are members of our Alumni Association.

For Immediate Release