Early College & Dual Enrollment

Traditionally referred to as Dual Enrollment, Early College programs have grown exponentially in the last decade and show significant promise for students and the communities they serve. Programs range from traditional dual enrollment, where a high school student takes college courses for credit while still attending their high school, to full immersion early college, where high school students attend MWCC full time while earning their high school diploma and college credit – sometimes even receiving their associate degree.

Benefits of Early College and Dual Enrollment Programs

  • Early exposure to college-level coursework
  • Extra help to prepare for and pass MCAS
  • Career exposure and counseling
  • Tutorials, workshops, and activities prepare students for life and careers

Early College and Dual Enrollment Programs

  • Automotive Dual Enrollment Gives Gardner High School students a head start on their automotive degree coursework while completing their high school diploma. 
  • Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Take college courses while still in high school and earn credits that will transfer to most two and four-year public colleges and universities.
  • Early College Academy Early college credit program pathways include healthcare, business, education, and liberal arts & sciences.
  • Fire Science Dual Enrollment A mix of online and in-person credit classes for high school and college credit.
  • Gateway to College A unique dual enrollment opportunity for students who either have not experienced success in the traditional high school setting or are looking for a new opportunity to excel while still in high school or home school. 
  • Pathways Early College Experience Early College High School opportunity to motivated students who would like to get a jump start on college.
  • Traditional Dual Enrollment Earn college credits through Dual Enrollment courses at MWCC. This program allows you to earn credit toward a high school/homeschool diploma and college degree simultaneously, saving you time and money toward your college degree.