A new partnership between the Allentown School District and Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bloomsburg University promises to open doors for students.

Students at William Allen and Dieruff high schools who maintain a specific grade point average are guaranteed admission to Bloomsburg, located in Bloomsburg, Columbia Co.

"A lot of them don't think they can. Their families have never gone and they will be the first generation to have the opportunity, so we want to show them you can do it. You do have this opportunity," said Kristen Kruger, with the Allentown School District.

In addition, students can get a jump on college classes by participating in dual enrollment classes offered at the high schools to earn college credit at LCCC, or students can attend LCCC in North Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., for two years and transfer to BU.

The Bloomsburg Initiative is an agreement between the three schools that provides guaranteed admission for ASD students to Bloomsburg University,  as long as the students graduate from ASD; achieve a minimum of 450 Critical Reading and 450 Math scores on the SAT, earn at least a 3.2 GPA, and apply and are accepted to BU no later than Dec. 15 of the student's senior year.

These requirements are for most majors. Certain majors--such as chemistry, mathematics, computer science, geoscience, engineering technology, physics, digital forensics, biology, medical imaging, nursing, speech pathology and American Sign Language-- have additional requirements.

Bloomsburg is also offering a free summer program for upcoming seniors.

Twenty-five soon-to-be seniors will get a taste of college in The Bloomsburg Experience. They will spend nearly three weeks on campus at no cost.

Students will live on campus, set up dorm rooms just like incoming freshmen, participate in educational programs, fun activities and take a day trip to Washington, D.C.

To be considered for the program, students must be a senior in September 2013 and need to complete an interest form by May 3. Forms are available in each school's guidance office.

Students must get three letters of recommendation, maintain good grades and be dedicated to doing well and succeeding.

Students selected will be notified by May 17.

For more information, contact Stacy Vandergrift, College and Career Counselor at