WORCESTER – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the designation of five new early college programs to launch this September, including a partnership between MassBay Community College & Framingham State University with Waltham High School.
With the newly approved programs, 43 high schools will have designated early college programs this fall that will impact approximately 4,500 high school students.
Some Massachusetts students have earned enough college credits to be awarded an associate’s degree at the same time as their high school diploma.
Worcester was among the first school districts in the Commonwealth to apply for state designation for an early college program in 2018. The school district is one of only a few district-wide models, offering early college at every high school in the city. During the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 400 Worcester high school students across the district took college classes, earning about 1,900 college credits.
The five early college programs approved this week include:
- Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology in partnership with Mt. Wachusett Community College
- High School of Commerce in Springfield in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College
- North Quincy High in partnership with Quincy College
- Quincy High School in partnership with Quincy College
- Waltham High School in partnership with Framingham State and Massachusetts Bay Community College