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In June 2013, the Governor and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino established  RoxMAPP, the Massachusetts Academic Polytech Pathway, an innovative educational and workforce development partnership that aims to create new academic and workforce development programs, expose students to career options early in their academic years, and provide them with greater access to exciting work-based learning opportunities. The partnership also aims to create direct and seamless pathways to employment for students in high-demand industries including health care, information technology, and the life sciences. 

In September 2013, the Governor and Mayor Menino joined the Secretary of Education and 18 RoxMAPP students as they began their first dual enrollment (high school/college) class experience. The first cohort of students will focus on allied health.

The Roxbury Massachusetts Academic Polytech Pathway

“We have made tremendous strides in raising the achievement levels of all Massachusetts students, but there is more we can do to prepare for the 21st century economy,” said the Governor. “RoxMAPP is about making significantly better and more effective use of the resources we have to develop the talent we have, to build a stronger economic future.”

"RoxMAPP ensures that three institutions vital to economic opportunity- high school, higher education, and employer-are collaborating to prepare our young people for high-demand jobs. The earlier we engage students in a dialogue about their career options, the closer we are to making their dreams a reality" Mayor Marty Walsh.

RoxMAPP Project Plan  pdf format of RoxMAPP Project Plan
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By 2020, 70% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require a career certificate or a college degree. Our vision is to close the Opportunity Divide by improving access to economic prosperity for young adults and adult learners in Madison Park Technical High School and Roxbury Community College.


To ensure that all students have the support, experience, and preparation needed to access high-demand career and post secondary pathways through a seamless early college partnership called Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Polytechnic Pathway (RoxMAPP).

The Need

Student outcomes at both campuses fall below the prevailing trends at other area schools that show increases in high school graduation, college enrollment, and college completion rates. Key 2014-2015 student metrics from partner school Madison Park Technical High School include:

of students 
receive free lunch

of students 
are ELL students

of students 
have disabilities


of freshmen
received an MCAS score of 60 out of 180 points

About Us

RoxMAPP is a collaboration among the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, Madison Park Technical High School, and Roxbury Community College. This collaboration is designed to integrate public and private sector expertise to both create linkages between the two campuses while delivering new opportunities for young adults and adult learners.

What is early college

Based on research and early college design implementation across the country, Jobs for the Future (JFF) has shown that early college high schools combining rigorous high school and college coursework increases students’ outcomes, especially for low-income and minority students.

Primary Goals of the Partnership

  1. Madison Park and RCC will increase student retention and graduation rates and close persistent achievement gaps at both institutions by enhancing the quality and rigor of academic and career programs and providing all students with more comprehensive and individualized support.
  2. Madison Park and RCC will increase college and career readiness by creating more seamless educational and career pathways for students.
  3. Madison Park and RCC will increase employment rates for young adults in the region by working in collaboration with the Joint Industry Advisory Board (JIAB).  The JIAB, which will include community and business leaders, will support the creation of seamless pathways to employment in high-need industries by establishing more work-based learning opportunities for students and robust partnerships with local and regional businesses.
  4. Madison Park and RCC will combine the knowledge, expertise, resources, and facilities of both institutions to provide new services that better respond to the needs of students, parents and family members, employers, and members of the Roxbury community.
  5. Madison Park, RCC, the JIAB, and community members will use this partnership to create new opportunities for community renewal and development and revitalize the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

Joint Industry Advisory Board

The partnership will be advised and directed by a Joint Industry Advisory Board appointed by the Governor and Mayor Menino. The Boston School Committee and the RCC Board of Trustees will retain control of their respective institutions and will be represented on the new advisory board by members of both boards.

Gerald Chertavian, Year Up & Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees

Jack Connors, Founding Partner & Chairman Hill Holliday

Mark Erlich, New England Regional Council of Carpenters

John Fish, Suffolk Construction

Gary Gottlieb, Partners HealthCare

Jay Hooley, State Street

Tito Jackson, Boston City Council

Eric Lander, Broad Institute

Sandra Lopez-Burke, City Year Boston

Karen Mapp, Harvard University

Claudio Martinez, Boston School Committee

Thaddeus Miles, MassHousing

J. Keith Motley, UMass Boston Chancellor

Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College President

Beverly Scott, MBTA General Manager

Neil Sullivan, Private Industry Council

Veronica Turner-Biggs, 1199 SEIU

Kevin Richard Small, RCC student representative

Kimberly Stieglitz, RCC faculty representative

Tonia Larkins, Madison Park faculty representative

Taylor Sullivan, Madison Park student representative

Marybeth Campbell, SkillWorks

If you or your child are interested in enrolling in the RoxMAPP program, please contact Ms. Opal Hines-Fisher at Madison Park for more information.

Contact Us

Wilnelia Rivera, Project Director, RoxMAPP 
Phone: 617-933-7438

Helpful Links

Boston Public Schools  

Madison Park High School

Roxbury Community College

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June 25, 2013 Secretary of Education on Neighborhood Network News

June 18, 2013 RoxMAPP Announcement video