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Niagara University and Niagara Catholic High School are joining forces for a “Hospitality and Tourism Academy” to offer high school students the opportunity to graduate from Niagara Catholic with up to a year of college course work under their belts.

Niagara University President James. J. Maher, Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Judith Nolan Powell, chairwoman of the Niagara Catholic board of trustees, today signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening Catholic education in Niagara County.

The hospitality academy, which will provide a transition into Niagara University’s hospitality degree program, as well as internships in the tourism industry, is set to debut this fall.

The memorandum of understanding also expands Niagara Catholic students’ access to university academic, athletic and cultural facilities.