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. 

  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.