Partnerships with Preliminary Designations

Congratulations to the 21 high school / higher education partnerships that received Early Colleges Preliminary Designations from the Boards of Higher Education and Elementary & Secondary Education in January 2018. These programs are expected to apply for Final Designations in February, with the goal of launching programs in fall 2018.

As of July 24, 2018, nine early college programs have received official designation status.

  1. Bristol Community College and Fall River Public Schools – Bristol Community College is launching a new early college program with B.M.C. Durfee High School in STEM fields, health and life sciences, and legal and social studies. The program is designed to address barriers students face to college success by creating a flexible, supportive college environment with academic, socio-emotional and career supports, while instilling high expectations for achievement.
  2. Bunker Hill Community College and Charlestown High School – BCC and Charlestown High School have existing 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.
  3. Bunker Hill Community College and Chelsea High School – 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 associate degree or a professional certificate from Bunker Hill Community College.
  4. Collaborative for Educational Services and Quincy College, Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Urban College – The Collaborative for Educational Services works with students living in residential care through the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. It is launching a new early college program in partnership with Quincy College, Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College and Urban College aimed at increasing high school graduation rates and easing the transition from residential care to college for these students.
  5. Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College – Students at Fitchburg High School, Gardner High School, Leominster High School and Sizer School will begin career exploration in 9th grade, and delve more deeply into career options in 10thgrade. As seniors they will select one of four career pathways, graduating with college credits, as well as courses that lead to credentialing.
  6. Framingham State University and Massachusetts Bay Community College – Administrators and faculty from MassBay, FSU and Framingham High School and Milford High School will encourage participation in early college courses among underrepresented students, starting with outreach in middle school. Freshman will take classes in four career pathways: business management, education, sociology and criminal justice and STEM Life Sciences.
  7. Holyoke Community College and Holyoke Public Schools – 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.
  8. Massasoit Community College – Massasoit is partnering with the following school districts to serve more students in its existing early college program: Easton, Hanover, Middleborough, Norton, Randolph, and Whitman-Hanson. The college aims for students to have a seamless pathway to higher education.
  9. Massasoit Community College and New Heights Charter School of Brockton - Starting in 6th grade, students will be introduced to career options and college connections. Students will create individualized learning 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.
  10. Middlesex Community College and Lowell Public Schools – Through its existing early college program with Lowell Public Schools, the college will work with students to link high school and college courses to MCC credit programs. Students will take courses that can be applied to a degree identified to suit their career aspirations. Courses taught onsite at Lowell High School will fulfill core curriculum requirements and launch students on a career trajectory.
  11. Middlesex Community College and Nashoba Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School – MCC and Nashoba Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School hope to expand the number of students who can participate in the existing early college program by developing concurrent enrollment courses. These courses would be taught at Nashoba Valley Tech, by Nashoba teachers who would be become adjunct faculty at MCC. Students could earn college credits without the barrier of transportation or expense of college books. The schools are developing senior level English courses, engineering and robotics.
  12. Mount Wachusett Community College and Murdock High School – By partnering with Murdock High School in Winchedon, Mount Wachusett Community College will provide opportunities for more high school students in North Central Massachusetts to earn 12 or more college credits.
  13. Northern Essex Community College – Northern Essex is partnering with Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen high schools, as well as Pentucket Regional High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, and Lawrence Technical School. The college will offer core courses in English, psychology, math and science for 11thgrade students. Students in 12th grade will study computer science, health, engineering, or education. The program will also bring employers into classes so students can engage future career options.
  14. North Shore Community College and Lynn Public Schools – The college will continue its partnership with Lynn High School, in an effort to bridge the gap between high school and higher education so students have a comfort level with college before they graduate. Students can enroll in courses that link college to their career goals. Students receive academic support with tutored courses.
  15. Quincy College and West Roxbury Academy – Quincy College and West Roxbury Academy will prepare students for college and career opportunities, with a focus on STEM fields.
  16. Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester State University and Worcester Public Schools – QCC and Worcester Public Schools aims to expand current early college enrollment numbers from 200 to between 2,000 to 3,000 students by fiscal year 2021. The program will involve multiple college-level courses mapped to in-demand career opportunities for the region.
  17. Salem State and Salem Public Schools – 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 conditionally admitted to Salem State University to continue their studies in the 12th grade and beyond.
  18. Westfield State with Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield Public Schools – Students enrolled in this program, known as the Westfield Promise, will take at least two college courses, team taught by high school and college faculty. In 12th grade, students will take at least two college courses taught at Westfield State so they can become acclimated to college life, before graduating high school.
  19. Merrimack and Lawrence Public Schools – Students will study science, politics, education and liberal arts, starting in their junior year with the opportunity to earn 16 college credits by the time they graduate high school.
  20. Quinsigamond Community College and Marlborough Public Schools – Marlborough High School launched its STEM Early College program in 2011, and has since enrolled more than 650 students in grades 6 through 12. With Quinsigamond Community College, the program expanded to six STEM-based pathways in 2014, including engineering, advanced manufacturing, information technology, computer science, healthcare and biotechnology. The school hopes to expand the program once again to include career opportunities and certificate completion.
  21. Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College and RoxMAPP – Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Post-Secondary (RoxMAPP) is an early college program between Boston Public Schools, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College. The program partners with industry to give students workplace learning opportunities. The schools plan to expand the program to put students on an expedited path to college and career success.