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Early College Initiative


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Funding for this program was eliminated in February 2015 by a 9C cut to the FY 2015 Budget. The program has yet to be implemented because FY 2015 was the first year of funding for the Early College Initiative. The Early College Initiative supports collaborative efforts between high schools and institutions of higher education allowing students to simultaneously enroll in college while preparing for and beginning their secondary education (often called “dual enrollment”). The initiative is led by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education, and the non-profit Jobs for the Future. This collaboration aims to increase the chances that young adults, particularly those under-represented in higher education (low-income, students with disabilities, students of color, and English learners) gain college access and complete a degree, giving them the skills and experiences to succeed in the job market.

According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 6,673 students participated in dual enrollment programs in the 2013-2014 academic year, representing 5 percent of all public high schools juniors and seniors. Students participating in early college programs often have higher rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, and degree completion.

There are several programs that fall under the Early College Initiative, some of which received funding from other sources prior to the Early College Initiative. These programs include:

1) The Dual Enrollment Program, which supports tuition free courses for high school students at public universities.

2) Early College High Schools, which work with under-represented students in partnership with colleges, while delivering programs at high schools. Early College High School programs are linked to and prepare students for an identified major and career pathway such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

3) Gateways to College, which supports students who have dropped out of high school in completing their high school degree at participating community colleges while earning college credits.

4) Career and vocational programs, which help students transition smoothly from high school vocational programs to completion of a related technical degree at a community college.

The Early College Initiative was first funded as part of an economic development bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature in August 2014.

Updated January 2016

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