SouthCoast Education Compact College Guide Released

2006 guide to be published in three languages and will focus on parents.

The SouthCoast Education Compact released its 2006 College Planning Guide today at a press conference held at UMass Dartmouth. This year's guide is the first to include sections printed in Portuguese and Spanish to make the information more accessible to non-English parents throughout the SouthCoast region. 

Seventy-five thousand copies of the guide will be distributed in the New Bedford Standard-Times and Fall River Herald News; handed directly to sophmores, juniors and seniors at area high schools; and distributed to libraries, businesses, churches, and other community organizations. The guide includes information about preparing for college, choosing a college, financial aid, technical and trade school options, and community service opportunities. 

"This guide sends a powerful message to parents across the region that their sons and daughters can achieve the American dream of higher education," said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack, co-chair of the Compact. "We know these young people can succeed if they work hard and receive encouragement at home and throughout the community." 

"The guide is an important tool in our collective effort to drive the educational aspirations of our young people to higher levels," said SouthCoast Health System CEO John Day, another co-chair of the Compact. "The economic future of our citizens and our communities depends on our collective ability to raise the educational attainment levels throughout the SouthCoast." 

"It is with great pride and enthusiasm that the Southcoast Education Compact provides, once again, the College Planning Guide," said Freetown-Lakeville School Supt. Stephen Furtado, also a co-chair of the Compact. "In keeping with the vision the Compact represents, this guide contains valuable information for all students throughout our area to prepare for their journey in higher education. The success of our young people guarantees a brighter future for our region. We encourge parents to take the time to review the guide with their children and assist us in our effort of providing the tools to promote life long learning." 

The Compact -- a partnership of higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and the business community -- was formed to address education reform issues across the region. Compact communities include Fall River, New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Somerset, Swansea, Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Westport. 

The Compact is located at UMass Dartmouth, which provides staffing and administrative support. 

The guide is sponsored by area institutions of higher education including Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Area businesses that co-sponsored the guide include Citizens Bank, Precix, the New Bedford and Fall River Chambers of Commerce, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing, Seven Hills Behavioral Health, and the SouthCoast Development Partnership. 

The guide can be found at . For more information visit

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