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BPCCA 10th grader accepted into competitive Access Opportunity program



Big Picture student accepted into competitive Access Opportunity program


When Isabelle C. first heard about Access Opportunity from her post-secondary options coach she remembers thinking, “this could be a really huge thing.”


She was right.


Isabelle, a sophomore at Big Picture College and Career Academy, is one of just 20 students in the entire state of Colorado, and the only student in Mapleton, to be accepted into the Access Opportunity program. More than 120 students from 30 high schools applied, making the process extremely competitive.


The goal of Access Opportunity is to help students, their families, and their communities reach their full potential. The program offers selected students six years of support, starting in 11th grade all the way through college.


Beginning next year, Access Opportunity will support Isabelle with community building, self-discovery, and test prep. Her senior year, the program will help her focus on her personalized college goals and financial aid needs. Her first year of college, she will receive college transition support and peer mentoring. For the rest of her college career, Access Opportunity will assist with personalized career assessments and career readiness supports, as well as internship and job shadowing opportunities. Isabelle will also receive $10,000 for college expenses.


“This will really give me a running start,” Isabelle said about her college and career goals.


Isabelle selected Big Picture College and Career Academy because she liked the business and entrepreneurship focus, as well as the internship opportunities.


“You get to be out in the world and experience new things,” Isabelle said. Of course, this year was a little different with COVID restrictions, and she anxious to get back into the community. “I can’t wait for our programs to come back!”


As far as her career ambitions, Isabelle wants to be a paramedic. Why?

“Helping people, of course!” she said. She plans to attend CU Boulder because she likes their medical program.


Access Opportunity describes its students as “ambitious, community-minded young leaders who hope to use their education in order to make change in their communities.”

Big Picture College and Career Academy Director, Brian Barringer, agrees. “She is a great student and an incredible leader in her class, in our school, and in the Mapleton community. She is very deserving of this incredible opportunity.”


Congratulations, Isabelle!