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Emily Borona, Student, Ansonia High School ('22), Intended Major: Undecided, Courses taken: UConn ECE Biology, UConn ART 1030

Emily Borona, Student, Ansonia High School ('22), Intended Major: Undecided, Courses taken: UConn ECE Biology, UConn ART 1030

Student
This class has provided numerous detail-oriented projects that have improved my ability to draw from real life. As the year has progressed, I've noticed an immense growth in my drawing skills and have seen progress throughout my projects. This class is very well rounded and provides opportunities to work with multiple different mediums in order to improve one’s skills in all areas of art. Each class is relaxing and our teacher provides helpful and honest criticism. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in improving their art skills.
Devin Collins, Student, Berlin High School ('22), Intended Major in Biology, Courses taken: UConn ECE Biology, UConn ECE Language, UConn ECE Literature

Devin Collins, Student, Berlin High School ('22), Intended Major in Biology, Courses taken: UConn BIOL1107 & 1108 and ENGL1011

Student
My experience taking UConn ECE courses was a truly enlightening one that I feel has better prepared me for all of my future endeavors. By committing to this program it forced me to develop crucial skills that I will take with me into my future. Skills such as time management, diligence, determination, and commitment have all been further enforced in me through taking various UConn ECE courses. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the rigor of college courses and I think that if I had not taken these UConn classes I would not be nearly as prepared as I am today!
Gina Gallo, Instructor, Bristol Central High School, Courses: Italian ILCS 3239/ SPRING: ILCS 3240

Gina Gallo, Instructor, Bristol Central High School, Courses: Italian ILCS 3239/ SPRING: ILCS 3240

Instructor
Teaching ECE Italian is a privilege, an amazing learning experience and a passion project all in one! The curriculum allow us to dive into art, music, literature, film and more. The varied units give the class a foundation to discuss current events as well as classical studies. These courses are designed to move our students up the proficiency scale and best prepare them for language use outside of the classroom. We have a great number of student who continue studying Italian after graduation!
Brendan Wilkosz, Instructor, Berlin High School, Courses: CHEM 1128Q & CHEM 1128Q

Brendan Wilkosz, Instructor, Berlin High School, Courses: CHEM 1128Q & CHEM 1128Q

Instructor
It's amazingly rewarding to teach Early College Experience Chemistry at Berlin High School. This is our tenth year collaborating with UConn through the ECE program. The rigorous course really allows students to get hands-on experience with laboratory experiments. Even more impressive are the wonderful outreach opportunities that ECE Chemistry offers. We are annually delighted to have the chance to interact with expert researchers from the UConn Chemistry Department and have often visited campus to tour the student laboratories and research facilities. Dr. Selampinar, the Faculty Coordinator in Chemistry for ECE, and everyone at the Offices of ECE, are fantastic to work with and always make the learning experience exciting and relatable for students.
Jamie Cosgrove, Instructor, Christian Heritage School, Courses: BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1108

Jamie Cosgrove, Instructor, Christian Heritage School, Courses: Biology 1107 & 1108

Instructor
I love being an ECE Biology Instructor! My students have gone on to take 200 level Biology courses at UConn and other colleges and universities and have excelled. Every year, I have former students tell me they were well prepared for college. I have even had students who decide years after graduating college to go into the medical profession, for example, and are able to dust off their UConn ECE transcript and use their Biology courses to complete prerequisites for nursing, etc. It is awesome to be able to provide rigorous college-level courses for my students.
Chris Wisniewski, Instructor, Berlin High School, Courses: Biology 1107 & 1108

Chris Wisniewski, Instructor, Berlin High School, Courses: Biology 1107 & 1108

Instructor
I have had a great time being a part of the UConn ECE community! The two ECE courses that I offer to my students provide a deep dive into the biological sciences via numerous field and laboratory investigations. These unique ECE experiences allow students to walk away with a greater appreciation of our natural world. In addition, the ECE biology program continues to provide my students with all of the tools they need to be successful as they move on to pursue careers in the life sciences. I look forward to being a part of the ECE community for many years to come!
Erin Reed, Instructor, Central High School, Courses: ENGL 1011

Erin Reed, Instructor, Central High School, Courses: ENGL 1011

Instructor
Being a UConn ECE instructor has been such a rewarding experience. Creating and sharing my course with my students has gone beyond my expectations. My favorite aspect of being an ECE instructor is seeing the growth of my students and the connections they make with each other and with their communities. I also enjoy seeing how my students take our course to the next level in their discussions and projects. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me and UConn ECE!
Dustyn Nelson, Wamogo Regional High Schoo1 ('10), Ornamental Horticulture Major

Dustyn Nelson, Wamogo Regional High School ('10), Ornamental Horticulture Major

Alumni
The ECE program provided me a great opportunity to earn college credit towards my future major at UConn. Not only did the ECE class provide me with valuable skills and knowledge for my major, but I was also able to apply this to outside areas, such as my job and towards industry certification. After successfully graduating UConn, I now enjoy a successful and fulfilling career related to my ECE coursework.
Justin Farinango, Bethel High School ('22), Intended Major in Environmental Policy

Justin Farinango, Bethel High School ('22), Intended Major in Environmental Policy

Student
UConn ECE classes have been a big step to furthering my education. The teachers who teach these subjects are super nice and friendly, and really become engaged with us students in not only letting advance our knowledge in particular subjects, but give us a sense of purpose and provide a pathway for our futures. Myself being in UConn Physics, and for loving science all my life, has really gotten me interested in major in a science field. The work habits, time needed to study, and the strong attention needed in these classes is preparing me for college, and I couldn't be more thankful for that.
Alexia Smith, CLAS: Department of Anthropology, Courses: Anth 1000 Peoples and Cultures of the World; Anth 1500 Great Discoveries in Archaeology

Alexia Smith, CLAS: Department of Anthropology, Courses: Anth 1000 Peoples and Cultures of the World; Anth 1500 Great Discoveries in Archaeology

Faculty Coordinator
This is the first year that Anthropology courses are being offered through ECE. Anthropology is not typically offered at the Highschool level, so we are really excited to be able to offer students the opportunity to learn more about cultures across the world, both today and in the past, through Anth 1000 (Peoples and Cultures of the World) or Anth 1500 (Great Discoveries in Archaeology). Both courses come with access to online resources and instructional materials for teachers and provide great opportunities for students to discuss race and racism, explore complex social issues from multiple perspectives, and hone their critical thinking skills (while meeting 2 university General Education requirements at the same time)!
Eliana Markowitz, Jonathan Law High School ('22), Intended major in Psychology

Eliana Markowitz, Jonathan Law High School ('22), Intended major in Psychology

Student
So far It’s been great! I love being able to be officially registered at UConn while still being a high school student and I feel it’s a great opportunity.
Britley Learnard, Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center ('19), majoring in Psychology

Britley Learnard, Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center ('19), majoring in Psychology

Student
UConn ECE classes have provided me with the opportunity to develop study habits, learn time management skills, and challenge myself in various academic subjects that I will be studying in the future
Dina DeRosa, East Haven High School, School Counselor

Dina DeRosa, East Haven High School, School Counselor

Site Representative
The UConn ECE Program is an incredible opportunity for our students at East Haven High School. This unique program helps enhance students' knowledge all the while assisting them to get a head start on their future. I enjoy working with the phenomenal staff at ECE.
Sophia C. Zagaja, Wethersfield High School ('19), Intended Major: Allied Health Sciences

Sophia C. Zagaja, Wethersfield High School ('19), Intended Major: Allied Health Sciences

Student
Through the many ECE classes I have enrolled in, the teachers and advisers at my high school, and even the supervisors at UConn, have been a great help to my and other students' learning process. This experience has given me an academic advantage, and has taught me that planning ahead for your future is important, and by taking ECE courses provided by UConn, I am already starting to prepare for my next journey
Gary Brownbill, South Windsor High School ('19), Intended Major: Anthropology

Gary Brownbill, South Windsor High School ('19), Intended Major: Anthropology

Student
The program is amazing. At our school alone, I have seen enrollment almost double over the past two years. The students love the work they are doing and are gratified being able to earn college credit. I can only imagine as to in another two years, how immense UConn ECE will become.
Anthony R. Salutari, Jr., Principal, Daniel Hand High School

Anthony R. Salutari, Jr., Principal, Daniel Hand High School

Principal
Offering UConn ECE courses has allowed our school community to develop an incredibly positive and valuable relationship with the university. Additionally, our students have an opportunity to participate in college level courses during high school that will prepare them for greater success when they enter the next phase of their educational careers.
Melissa Levin, Hall High School ('15), currently attending UConn, majoring in Communications

Melissa Levin, Hall High School ('15), Currently Attending UConn, Major: Communication

Alumni
Taking ECE courses in high school prepared me for the rigorous and intensive courses I would be taking during my time at UConn. By taking both ECE Economics and ECE Statistics at my high school, I was able to come to UConn with two major classes already completed. Now a graduating senior, I could not imagine my UConn experience without the preparation from my ECE classes.
Kaylee Morosky, Middletown High School ('19), Intended Major: Pharmacy

Kaylee Morosky, Middletown High School ('19), Intended Major: Pharmacy

Student
UConn ECE has helped my school by providing my fellow peers with a way to experience a true college-level course and possibility to earn credits for a very generous price before even entering college. Personally, my French V UConn ECE course gave me the confidence and ability to have conversations with French citizens when I went on a school field trip to France last spring.
Daniel Cote, Christian Heritage School, Science Department Chair

Daniel Cote, Christian Heritage School, Science Department Chair

Site Representative
I have been part of the UConn ECE program since 2001. It is hard to overstate the positive impact of the UConn ECE program on our students. The courses offered in the UConn ECE program stimulate the intellectual development of young minds in a way that standard high school curriculum cannot. Many students have found their path forward through the varied UConn ECE courses they have taken. The UConn ECE program leverages taxpayer dollars invested in the university by providing excellent academic opportunities for Connecticut high school students.
Jessica Hinckley, Windham High School ('16), currently attending UConn, majoring in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience

Jessica Hinckley, Windham High School ('16), Graduated UConn 2019, majoring in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience

Alumni
The UConn ECE program allowed me to take challenging and intriguing courses while in high school as well as equipped me with the courses necessary to fulfill all of the requirements for my major and minor after only three years at UConn.