BFIT accepts the entire Dearborn STEM Academy graduate class


The program paves the way for career-ready education for Roxbury graduates and family members each.

Dearborn STEM Academy Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff

Students at Dearborn STEM Academy in Roxbury received good news today.

According to the statement, the entire graduate class was accepted in 2022 to the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology (BFIT), a private non-profit college specializing in technical and business careers.

Although tuition will not be waived and students will need to complete high school and a free application for federal student assistance or FAFSA, the initiative aims to provide students with a supported direct path to college, according to school officials.

“While many high school students have the ability and desire to learn the technical skills needed for their careers, sometimes a combination of structural barriers and self-confidence gaps can discourage eligible students from taking advantage of learning opportunities outside high school,” said Dr. Aisha Francis, President and CEO of BFIT.

Students can also nominate a family member over the age of 19 to be accepted to BFIT.

“Extending this offer to a member of their family will lead to career opportunities and economic stability at the two-generation level,” Francis said.

Darlene Marcano, director of STEM Academy in Dearborn, said the school prepares students for the 21st century workforce through rigorous academic and career readiness.

“We are confident that our graduates in 2022 who choose to attend BFIT will prosper, grow and continue on their journey to opportunities at BFIT,” said Marcano.

This class will be the inaugural set of graduates who will be admitted to BFIT each year, known as the Dearborn STEM Academy Scholars, according to school officials.

Several local dignitaries were to be ready for Friday morning, including Mayor Michelle Wu, Attorney Nika Elugardo, Attorney Liz Miranda, Attorney Chynah Tyler, and Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr. from AME Church on Charles Street.

About the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology

The Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology, founded in 1908 in Boston, is committed to student success and career readiness in technology. Top programs include HVAC & R, wind energy technology, automotive and electrical engineering. For more information, visit

Dearborn STEM Academy

The Dearborn STEM Academy provides students with access to STEM education in line with industry skills and standards, in-service early school experience and internships that help students transfer learned classroom skills into university and career experiences.

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