Tisha Edwards

Free tuition recipients begin college journey with BCCC orientation course

Free tuition recipients begin college journey with BCCC orientation course

Serena Jones was like many high school seniors when she graduated from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women earlier this month — stuck at a crossroads between accumulating thousands of dollars in student loan debt to attend college and leaving school altogether.

Now, she is one of more than 500 Baltimore City high school graduates who will attend Baltimore City Community College for free this fall.

Jones, 18, was among the newly arrived BCCC freshmen who packed the school’s gym Monday for the first day of a seven-week orientation course designed to prepare them for the academic and social challenges of college. Some students arrived with tearful parents and others...

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