Hudson County Community College and Bayonne Board of Education to Sign Agreement for Early College Program

February 24, 2020

The program enables Bayonne High School students to earn a HCCC Associate in Arts degree free of cost, while earning their high school diploma.


February 24, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – On Tuesday evening, February 25, 2020, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and the City of Bayonne School District will sign an agreement that will bring the HCCC Early College Program to Bayonne High School. The signing will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayonne Board of Education, 669 Avenue A in Bayonne, NJ.

HCCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Eric Friedman and City of Bayonne School District Superintendent John J. Niesz will be joined by HCCC Vice President of External Affairs and Senior Counsel to the President Nicholas Chiaravalloti, and HCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Christopher Wahl.


Early College Program


The Early College Program provides an opportunity for select Bayonne High School students to take credit-bearing, college courses and earn an Associate in Arts degree from Hudson County Community College free of cost, while earning their high school diploma. Students will take all of their HCCC classes at Bayonne High School (BHS) during their first two years. In their third year, students will travel to HCCC for half of their college coursework; and in their fourth year, students will attend HCCC for the majority of their classes.

“We, at Hudson County Community College, are elated about this new partnership with the Bayonne Board of Education. It will not only benefit the Bayonne High School Students, but, ultimately, it will benefit their families and the community,” HCCC President Dr. Reber said.

“The Bayonne Board of Education is excited about the future of this new partnership. It will not only save our students time, it will save them the cost of community college tuition as well,” Mr. Niesz stated. “Bayonne High School is the only public high school in Hudson County to have this type of rigorous academic program with a two-year college. The Hudson County Community College Early College Program will provide our students with a huge jump-start towards a career or a baccalaureate degree.”

The HCCC Early College Program will be initiated this September for 26 incoming Bayonne High School freshmen. Additional information on the program may be obtained by emailing Renae M. Bush, Director of Student Personnel Services at the Bayonne Board of Education, at