Honors Program

A Commonwealth Honors Program: A member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional NCHC.

The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to study and learn in a challenging educational environment. Students benefit from a learning community with small class sizes, teacher-student mentoring, team-taught interdisciplinary courses, and access to a fully-equipped Honors Center. Honors students receive a tuition waiver during their final semester, special recognition at graduation, and “Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar” designation on official transcripts. The Honors Program is perfect for students seeking transfer to a competitive four-year college or additional intellectual challenges. The Honors Program is affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC),the Northeast Regional NCHC, and is approved as a Commonwealth Honors Program.

Try out the Honors Program!

Students interested in exploring the Honors Program may consider enrolling in Honors English 102. The course is open to interested students who have completed English 101 with a B+ or better. Students are also required to obtain a letter of recommendation from their ENG 101 faculty member. Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required to enroll in this course, but is encouraged. The course is an Honors level version of the standard ENG102.

MWCC’s well-respected Honors Program is perfect for students seeking transfer to a competitive four-year college or additional intellectual challenge. Participants must maintain a 3.3 quality point average (QPA) and complete advanced coursework. Students benefit from a learning community environment with small class sizes, teacher-student mentoring, and team-taught interdisciplinary courses.

History

During the summer of 1990, through an initiative by college president Daniel Asquino, a committee was established to determine the criteria for the Honors Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. As a result of this initiative, in the fall of 1991, Mount Wachusett Community College became one of only four of the state’s community colleges to offer an honors program. In 2000, the Mount’s Honors Program became the first state or community college program to be granted Commonwealth Honors Program Status. In the summer of 2007, the Honors Program became the first community college in the Massachusetts state system to be reaccredited. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional NCHC. This academic year (2010-2011), the Honors Program is celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

Mission

The Mission of the Mount Wachusett Community College Honors Program is to provide academically talented students with an enriched learning environment. Through the program, students are challenged to develop and enhance skills in intellectual curiosity, independent research, communication, team work, problem solving and critical thinking. Further, the program enables highly motivated students to join with faculty from various disciplines to form a community that supports scholarship, personal growth and service. Program opportunities are provided by means of special honors courses, colloquiums, research contracts, tutorials, and individual advising. Lastly, the program helps students achieve their transfer and career goals.

For more information . . .

For more information about the Honors Program, call Honors Program Coordinator Sheila Murphy, (978) 630-9331, email: smurphy@mwcc.mass.edu For more information about MWCC, call the enrollment center, (978) 630-9110, email admissions@mwcc.mass.edu