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OneStop Pathways for Youth- College and Career MCAS Preparation

The One Stop Career Pathways for Youth program is a partnership between the North Central Career Center, the Workforce Investment Board and Mount Wachusett Community College. It is designed to allow an MWCC Coordinator to be sited at the Career Center that will outreach to current seniors through students from the class of 2003 and re-engage them in planning and preparing for their futures. The Coordinator will provide students with options that address their unique academic, employment and career needs to attain the skills necessary to pass the MCAS in order to obtain the state required Competency Determination for high school graduation. Specific career assistance supported by the North Central Career Center is also available. Applications are being accepted now.

Please contact Christina Gonzalez, at 978-534-1481 ext. 251 for more information or email her at cgonzalez2@mwcc.mass.edu

MCAS Academic Pathways to Success Program

MCAS Academic Pathways to Success Application

MCAS Academic Pathways to Success Abstract

MCAS Program Fall 2015 Schedule

Pathways to Success is a chance for graduates from the class of 2003-2017 who have not yet passed the MCAS exam to prepare for college admissions while exploring other options available to them. The Pathways to Success program offers the chance to enroll in a five-week program to prepare for MCAS retesting, college entrance, or exploration and assistance with other education and career paths. This program offers a unique and true to life academic college experience, allowing the student to focus on coursework that will be relevant to passing the MCAS exam and other college entrance requirements. Students will be offered the chance to travel to the November MCAS exams, will be exposed to college and career exploration seminars and will receive incentives as they complete the program. Students participating in Pathways to Success are considered MWCC students and as such will be awarded the same library and academic support privileges as MWCC students.

An evening program will run in Gardner. Classes will run once a week for 5 sessions from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm, starting September 28, 2015. Please see schedule for dates.

There is no cost for this program.  Students will receive math and/or English classes, college seminars, text books, materials, meals and transportation free of charge for participating in the program.

If needed, bus passes will be provided to participants.

Daily meals will be provided at no cost to participants

Application Process
Applications are due to the coordinator.  All applicants will require parent approval.  Participants must have copies of their MCAS scores.

Assessment testing is part of the application process for all MWCC students and required for all Pathways participants. Testing will take place at Mount Wachusett Community College during the program.

Students will be informed of their acceptance upon registration.

Advisement/Registration and Participation
Pathways students will meet with their MWCC advisor when registering for their individual coursework, and regularly throughout the semester. Students will follow all MWCC student policies as outlined in the MWCC Student Handbook.

Academic Credit
When the program has been successfully completed, students will meet with their adviser to discuss their future options with MWCC.  College placement testing will be completed as part of the course curriculum, and based on this, a student may be eligible to complete their education at MWCC.

Please contact Christina Gonzalez for more information at cgonzalez2@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-534-1481 ext. 251

MCAS Works!

MCAS Works! Is a collaboration between MWCC and Fitchburg High School. The goal is to strengthen academic skills by providing meaningful work-based learning instruction and creatively reengage students in their education and provide them with an impetus to pursue graduation. Forty participating students will receive intensive, in-school small group instruction that addresses identified gaps in English Language Arts, biology and mathematics. Additionally, career exploration activities including job shadowing, structured internship placements, community service learning projects, guest lecturers, and field trips are provided. Also, Student Success Seminars are offered such as career counseling, instruction on test taking skills, team building and leadership development. Applications are being accepted now.

Please contact Christina Gonzalez for more information at cgonzalez2@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-534-1481 ext. 251

MCAS Academic Pathways to Success, MCAS Works and One Stop Career Pathways for Youth are all funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.