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PHOTOS: Lawrence High School

April 15, 2016

collage of photos from Go Higher event in Lawrence

 


PHOTOS: Wachusett Regional High School

April 7, 2016

Collage of photos from Go Higher event at Wachusett Regional High School

 


PHOTOS: Lowell High School

April 6, 2016

Collage of photos from Go Higher event in Lowell

 


Students Talk About Working Hard, Overcoming Difficulties at New Bedford High School

October 27, 2015

Deborah Dele-Oni talks to high school students about her experience at UMass Dartmouth

Students from Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and UMass Dartmouth talked about their college experiences at New Bedford High School on Tuesday. The theme of the day seemed to be "perseverance," as many speakers mentioned the obstacles they had to overcome to get to college, and the success they achieved when they got there.

New Bedford High School alumus Christopher Breault talked about his struggle to graduate from high school, and the "dead-end" jobs he took before deciding to go to Bristol Community College.

"All of these things I'm doing now in my life- being a student leader, persevering and going for a degree, I never thought i could do," he said. "But in the end, you all should know that you can do anything you set your mind to."

Alex Rozak was the first person in his family to go to college, and was nervous he wasn't cut out for it. But when he got to Mass Maritime, he excelled.

"Just this past week I was offered a second interview to go work for a company building nuclear submarines," said Alex. "I would have never thought that possible in high school when i thought math and science was something that I wasn't interested in."

Other speakers at the event included Frank Theodat, alumnus of Bridgewater State University, and Deborah Dele-Oni, biology student at UMass Dartmouth.


Parents and Alumni visit the new Metro West College Planning Center for Go Higher Parent's Night

October 21, 2015

Salem State Alumni Angel Rodriguez speaks on a panel with other parents and alumni.

Parents, administrators and alumni gathered at the new Metro West College Planning Center to talk about their experiences at Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

Salem State alumus Angel Rodriguez (pictured left) said he didn't know he was interested in politics until he became involved with the student government association on his campus. Now he works as Chief of Staff for a state representative on Beacon Hill.

“I couldn’t be more prepared for the job I do today," he said, "and I owe a large part of that to the education I got at Salem State.”

Parents of current students also spoke at the event. Charlene Bert said she wasn't sure about sending her son to a public institution, but has been blown away by the support he is receiving at UMass Dartmouth.

She said, "I asked him what he likes best and he said, ‘Mom I love it all.'"

Other special guests at the event included Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago, Google Cambridge Director and UMass Amherst alum Steve Vinter, Framingham State University President Javier Cevallos, MassBay Community College President (Interim) Yves Salomon-Fernandez and more.


"Pay Less, Get the Best!" says Worcester State's Tasneem Zawahreh

October 14, 2015

Three North High School Students hold up signs in the photobooth that say '#GEARUPMass' '#GoHigherMA' and 'I'm Ready'

Students from Quinsigamond Community College, Framingham State University, Worcester State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School visited North High School in Worcester to talk about how they chose their school and what their experience has been like so far. Tasneem Zawahreh, a chemistry and education major from Worcester State, told the crowd of high schoolers she has loved her college experience. She encouraged students to consider Massachusetts public colleges and universities, adding "pay less, get the best!"


Education Secretary, Higher Education Commissioner Kick Off Fall Season of Go Higher! at Montachusett Regional Vocational School

September 24, 2015

Collage of Go Higher event features a picture of Education Secretary Jim Peyser and Go Higher student panel.

Education Secretary Jim Peyser, Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago and Superintendent Sheila Harrity helped kick off the fall 2016 season of Go Higher! at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, Mass on Thursday, September 24, 2015.


New Name, Same Mission: Go Public! is now Go Higher!

go public logo on the left next to go higher logo on the right

Once a small event series promoting public higher education, Go Public! is now a state-wide campaign to promote college readiness and awareness. In addition to tripling the number of events, we have expanded our reach through social media, the website and our series of brochures. To reflect this expansion, Go Public! has been renamed to Go Higher!


Go Public! Wraps up Spring Season with Event at Lawrence High School

April 17, 2015

Students visit NECC's STEM booth at the Admissions Fair

Veterans Affairs Secretary Francesco Urena, a Northern Essex Community College and UMass Lowell graduate and Lawrence Native, joined Mayor Dan Rivera in welcoming Lawrence High School students to the last Go Public! event of the season. Students from Framingham State University, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Worcester State University, Northern Essex Community College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy were also there to promote public higher education and talk about their experiences navigating campus life.


Westfield State's Eva Kernan tells students, "If I can do it, YOU can do it"

April 6, 2015

Photos from Holyoke High School's Go Public event on april 6, 2015

Sophomores and juniors at Holyoke High School heard from students at Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, Greenfield Community College, MCLA, Westfield State and UMass Amherst on Monday. Westfield State student Eva Kernan said her family thought she would never make it to college, but now she's graduating with a math degree in just three years. "If I can do it, you can do it," she said.


Wellesley High School hosts Go Public!

March 30, 2015

Mass Art Student speaks at Wellesley High School Go Public Event

State Representative Alice Peisch, Framingham State President Javier Cevallos and Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland joined students and parents at Wellesley High School's Go Public! event on Monday. Students from UMass Amherst, MassBay Community College, Mass Art, MCLA and UMass Lowell talked about their experiences choosing a college and major, landing internships, navigating campus life and more.


Governer Charlie Baker Kicks Off 2015 Spring Season of Go Public! at Marblehead High School

March 25, 2015

Photos from the go Public event in Marblehead

Governor Charlie Baker joined hundreds of students, parents and campus admissions representative for Go Public! at Marblehead High School March 24, using the occasion to tout the value and academic quality of programs at UMass, state universities and community colleges. The Governor unveiled the Department of Higher Education’s new dual enrollment video and told the crowd that he believed so much in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership’s benefits that his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, now before the Legislature, would double funding for the program to enable more students to participate.

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Worcester's North High School Hosts Go Public! with students from Worcester South and Burncoat High Schools

October 15, 2014

Students from Massachusetts Community Colleges, State Universities and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) joined 350 high school students at Worcester’s North High School to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and discuss the benefits of higher education at the Commonwealth’s 29 public campuses. Senior high school students from Worcester South, Worcester North and Burncoat High Schools attended the event.


"Don't Let Anyone Tell You You Can't Do It" is the Message for New Bedford High School Students

October 14, 2014

UMass Dartmouth Mascot holds up 'Go Public!' sign at STEM fair in New Bedford

New Bedford High School students attended a "Go Public!" event on Tuesday, where they learned about student life, academics and financial aid offerings at the state's 29 public colleges and universities. Students from Bristol Community College, Massasoit Community College, Bridgewater State University, Mass Maritime Academy and UMass Dartmouth encouraged the New Bedford students to take advantage of the opportunities provided to them and keep working towards a college degree.

"Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it," said Sean Nelson of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, who is a 1987 New Bedford High School graduate.


800 Lawrence High School Juniors Invited to “Go Public!” at UMass, State Universities, Community Colleges

April 17, 2014

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland joined campus admissions representatives, student ambassadors and faculty from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses to promote math and science programs and opportunities for students in the state’s public higher education system. He urged 800 Lawrence High juniors to “finish strong” in their senior year in order to lay the groundwork for college success.


Student Speakers Urge Worcester Teens to "Go Public!"

November 12, 2013

Students from Gear Up on stage at Springfield Central High School

Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses came to Worcester’s North High School to promote science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields – to 400 students from four of the city’s high schools.

The event featured six student speakers from UMass Medical School, UMass Lowell, Quinsigamond Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State University and Worcester State University. Following the auditorium program, students met with campus admissions representatives to learn more about careers in fields such as medicine, robotics, chemistry and engineering. They also tried their hands at STEM-related activities, such as extracting the DNA from strawberries.

The Worcester event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and GEAR UP, a federally funded program serving more than 7,000 students in seven high poverty districts (Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Lawrence, Boston, New Bedford, & Holyoke) with the goal of improving high school graduation rates and increasing enrollment and success in college.


Massachusetts High School Students "Go Public!" in Springfield

September 25, 2013

Students from Gear Up on stage at Springfield Central High School

Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses gathered at Springfield’s Central High School on Wednesday, September 25 to promote science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields – to 450 students from three of the city’s high schools.

The morning event at Central High featured six student speakers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University, and Springfield Tech, Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges. School corridors were filled with hands-on interactive activities that gavestudents from Central, Putnam Voc Tech, and the Springfield High School of Science and Technology the chance to learn more about careers in nursing, robotics, chemistry and mechanical engineering.