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800 Lawrence High School Juniors Invited to “Go Public!” at UMass, State Universities, Community CollegesLAWRENCE – 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.
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Student Speakers Urge Worcester Teens to "Go Public!"
November 12—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—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.
Governor Deval L. Patrick videotaped a personal message to students, urging them to complete four years of high school math and three years of lab sciences in preparation for college-level work. “You might design video games or conduct research in a cancer lab,” Patrick says in his message. “Whatever you dream – you can realize it when you ‘Go Public.’”
What Is "Go Public!"?
Thinking about college? Worried about college costs? Wondering if a community college, state university or UMass campus is the right place for you?
“Go Public!” is a new campaign organized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in partnership with Massachusetts' 29 public colleges and universities. The fall 2012 series featured events at local high schools as well as a special Boston-area event for prospective students who are military veterans. We hope to grow the "Go Public!" campaign in future years to include more school districts and communities.
Each event is hosted by a leading member of the Legislature and features student speakers who tell of their experience attending a community college, state university or UMass campus. Governor Patrick videotaped a special message to high school students which is also shared at the events. Campuses run financial aid and career planning seminars for students and their families. Admissions officers from many of the state’s public colleges and universities are on site at each event to answer questions.