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Holy Angels students get help

Two institutions founded by the Grey Nuns are strengthening their ties by offering high school students a chance to earn college credit.

Students at Holy Angels Academy on Shoshone Street in North Buffalo will be able to earn as much as a year's worth of college credit thanks to a new academic partnership with D'Youville College.

Qualified juniors and seniors at Holy Angels will be able to take core or introductory college courses at D'Youville starting this fall, as part of the "Grey Nuns Knowledge to College Program."

"This special partnership is part of our 'high school to college initiative' and will give our students a head start into college," said Joan D. Thomas, president and principal of Holy Angels Academy, which has 230 students.

The students will pay a nominal fee, said Robert Murphy, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at D'Youville.

"There are some things that still need to be worked out," Murphy said. "It's somewhat of a new concept for us."

Both institutions trace their founding to St. Marguerite d'Youville and the Grey Nuns, based in Canada.

The Grey Nuns founded an elementary school at Holy Angels Parish on Porter Avenue in 1857, then opened Holy Angels Academy in 1861. D'Youville was charted on the site in 1908, while Holy Angels moved to its current location on Shoshone in 1930.

"This collaboration will take us back to our educational roots when the Grey Nuns were educating young girls from grammar school to college," said Sister Denise A. Roche, D'Youville president.

Holy Angels students also would be eligible for D'Youville scholarships and the opportunity to enter college programs their freshman year.

"Certainly there is that potential, but that's not the motivation behind it," Murphy said. "I think it's an additional sale point for Holy Angels Academy."

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