Maria College receives ‘Community Partner Award’ for its high school program – troyrecord

ALBANY, NY – Maria College has been named the 2021-22 Catholic Schools Liturgy Recipient by the Catholic Schools Office and the Albany Diocesan School Board. The Albany Diocesan School Board Community Partner Award was presented to Maria College for its College in High School Experience program with Bishop Maginn High School and Catholic Central High School.

This program allows high school students to take free college courses before graduating. The courses satisfy their electives while allowing them to earn college credit. Courses are developed by Maria College teachers and taught by high school teachers. The program allows students to get a head start in college by entering with a certain number of credits already completed. Some students may even graduate from high school or college.

“Maria College is honored to receive the “Community Partner Award” from the Albany Diocesan School Board, as it demonstrates the College’s mission commitment to providing a Catholic education to all who can benefit, including those who are not part of our student body,” Maria College President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble said.

“The shared Catholic denominational missions of our institutions provide a solid 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 them for meaningful work and life,” Gamble explained.

“Maria College provides our students with a pathway to continue their education in the faith beyond high school,” said Giovanni Virgiglio, Jr., Ed.D., superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Albany.

“The Diocesan School Board is extremely grateful for this opportunity which helps instill in our students the Maria College principle of service to others,” added Virgiglio, Jr.

Dr. Gamble represented the College at the Thursday, February 10 Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception led by Principal Celebrant Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger, where Maria College received the award. They were joined by a number of honorees from K-12 Catholic schools. Maria College is the only higher education institution to receive an award this year.