In June 2013, Governor Deval Patrick 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, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino joined Secretary of Education Matthew Malone 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.
“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 Governor Patrick. “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.”
“The best investments we can make are in our young people and in our schools,” said Mayor Menino. “This innovative partnership will put our students on the right track and prepare them for the careers of the future. These young men and women are the best our city has to offer and supporting them now will pay huge dividends to Boston in the years to come.”
Primary Goals of the Partnership
- 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.
- Madison Park and RCC will increase college and career readiness by creating more seamless educational and career pathways for students.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Governor Patrick 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
Diane Ross-Gary, Madison Park High School Headmaster
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
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.