Designated Early College Programs

In May 2018, the Administration granted official designation status, for the first time, to five programs. Four more programs were designated in July 2018.

During the 2018-2019 school year, nearly 1,500 students will be enrolled in designated early college programs around the state. By 2019-2020, enrollments in designated early college programs are projected to jump to 2,280. 

Designated Early College Programs

  1. Charlestown High School and Bunker Hill Community College – Awarded $136,280: BCC and Charlestown High School will provide career pathway programs in information technology and business, which combine early college experiences and career exploration. The schools plan to expand opportunities to high school students and eventually add more fields to the program, with health and liberal arts courses.
  2. Chelsea High School and Bunker Hill Community College – Awarded $125,686: Chelsea High School and Bunker Hill Community College will expand their existing early college program by developing pathways in three fields: health and life sciences, law and public policy, and education. The goal is to have students graduate from high school, with an associates’ degree or a professional certificate from Bunker Hill Community College.
  3. Framingham High School and Milford High School with Framingham State University and MassBay Community College – Known as the MetroWest Scholars program, this early college program will engage students as early as middle school to instill a college-going mentality among students, particularly minority students who tend to be underrepresented in higher education. This program will overlap with the 100 Males to College program in Framingham and includes a defined pathway for students from 9th to 12th grade. Students in 9th and 10th grades will participate in college and career awareness courses, followed by advising and counseling to support students in choosing a pathway in 11th and 12th grade. Students will take courses in business management, education, sociology and criminal justice, and STEM. School officials expect to have more than 120 students enrolled by the 20-21 school year. 
  4. Fitchburg High School, Leominster High, Gardner High School and Sizer School with Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College – Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College are collaborating with four high schools in the region to launch the “North Central Massachusetts Early College Academy.” Students will have the option to take courses at both campuses. Students in 9th and 10th grade will take career exploration and college preparation courses before they officially enroll in the North Central Massachusetts Early College Academy at the end of 10th grade. Students will be able to choose pathways in liberal arts, healthcare, nursing, business, industrial technology and business. School officials project more than 350 students will be enrolled by the 20-21 school year.
  5. Haverhill High School with Northern Essex Community College – Students will be exposed to early college options in the 9th grade through college and career workshops. All 10th grade students will be enrolled in the Northern Essex Community College First Year Seminar course offered at Haverhill High School. Students will then choose to enroll in college courses on the NECC campus in 11th and 12th grade, deciding on pathways in liberal arts, business, healthcare, education, social services, criminal justice and STEM. School officials expect more than 100 students to be enrolled by 2021.
  6. Holyoke Public Schools and Holyoke Community College and – Awarded $131,600: The college is establishing a new early college program with Holyoke Public Schools that will enable students to earn up to 12 college credits before high school graduation. Students enrolled in the program will complete a minimum of two core courses taught by HCC at the Holyoke campus, and complete a minimum of two technical courses, giving students experience and a pathway to college.
  7. Holyoke Public Schools, Springfield Public Schools, Westfield Public Schools and Westfield State University: Known as the “Westfield Promise” this early college program expressly works to enroll students who might not consider themselves college-bound. The program is a liberal arts pathway that begins in 9th grade for students at Holyoke High School, Westfield High School, Westfield Technical Academy, The High School of Commerce and Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, both in Springfield.
  8. Lawrence Public Schools and Merrimack College: Lawrence High School and Merrimack College partnered to create four career pathways for students: Elementary STEM education, political science, biochemistry/pre-medical, and human development. Students may also take classes in other fields that interest them, including criminal justice/criminology, and theatre arts. Students will participate in internship programs. Lawrence Public Schools also forged a relationship with the Lawrence Partnership, a public-private collaborative that works to create economic opportunities for residents by bringing together business, education, nonprofit and government leaders.
  9. Lawrence Public Schools and Northern Essex Community College: Lawrence High School 11th and 12th grade early college students will have the opportunity to take courses at Northern Essex Community College to study either engineering, public administration, healthcare or business. Lawrence Public Schools partnered with OneGoal to provide support to students who may not be college-bound, as well as train teachers to work with groups of students to increase college options by assisting with college application and enrollment processes.
  10. Lynn Public Schools with North Shore Community College – Students at Lynn Classical High School, Lynn English High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and Fecteau Leary Alternative High School will be able to take college courses at the high school, on the North Shore Community College campus and online. The three learning options will expose more students to the early college experience. Students will start earning college credits in the 9th grade and be able to complete their first-year college courses in both English and Math, as well as additional general education courses and other introductory courses aligned with their MyCap career plans.
  11. Madison Park Technical Vocational High School with Bunker Hill Community College – Madison Park and Bunker Hill faculty worked together to develop 9th and 10th grade math and English curriculum that will encourage a college-going culture. Starting in fall 2019, all 10th grade students will take a “Bridge to College” course, which is a college exploration and readiness curriculum. Students will enroll in college courses in 10th grade and most early college students will begin taking at least two college courses per semester at Bunker Hill Community College. Students can choose courses in health science, business and marketing, technology; creative economies and the arts and culinary and hospitality. School leaders aim to increase the size of the program to one-third of all Madison Park students in grades 10 through 12.
  12. Marlborough High School with Quinsigamond Community College – Marlborough High students will be exposed to early college options in 9th and 10th grade and will decide in 10th grade if they wish to pursue the early college pathway. Students in 9th and 10th grades will be enrolled in honors level classes in math, English Language Arts, history and science, with academic supports built-in to ensure success and readiness for taking college-level courses. In 10th grade, students ready for college-level work will be placed in credit-bearing courses taken at the high school. Students can choose courses in English Composition, Introduction to Psychology and Introductory Sociology Principles. Marlborough High School will still offer its STEM pathways in computer science, biotechnology, healthcare, and engineering. School officials estimate there will more than 150 students enrolled by 2020-2021 school year.
  13. Massasoit Community College and New Heights Charter School of Brockton – Awarded $140,000:The program plans to expand from 315 students enrolled to 735 over five years. Students will be introduced to career options and college connections. Students will create individualized college and career plans to begin thinking about future career goals.  In later grades students will participate in work and learn opportunities, identify college majors and explore college options.
  14. Salem State and Salem Public Schools – Awarded $140,000: The goal of this new program is to provide underrepresented, low-income students with a seamless transition to college, after focusing on a career pathway in healthcare or business and technology. Students who successfully complete courses during the 11th grade will be enrolled in Salem State University to continue their studies in the 12th grade and beyond.
  15. Worcester Public Schools and Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College: This early college program brings together the local community college and the state university to provide a district-wide model in all seven high schools in Worcester. Students will be exposed to preparatory work in 9th and 10th grade, and then in 11th and 12th grade they will take courses at either Worcester State or Quinsigamond Community College to earn 12 college credits. This program will offer three pathways in either engineering/biotechnology, computer science, or early childhood education.

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