Mount Wachusett Community College is pleased to offer this Early College High School opportunity to motivated students who would like to get a jump start on college. The goal of Pathways is to provide 20 high school students, per year, the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an Associate degree while completing their junior and senior year taking courses at MWCC. The primary goals of this initiative are:
- To address the needs of motivated students who would like to enroll in college courses prior to high school graduation.
- To boost enrollment and retention of diverse student populations.
- To graduate students with a high school diploma and an Associate degree.
- To allow students the opportunity to fulfill their educational dreams.
Why should you choose Pathways Early College?
- You’re ready for the academic challenge and rigor of college courses
- You want to earn an Associate Degree while completing high school
- You’re prepared to integrate into the intellectual, social and academic environment of a college campus
“I came to Pathways because I feel that it is a jump-start for getting prepared for the real world, it gives me skills that I will use for the rest of my life. Truly, the opportunity to get a college degree early is an honor and a privilege! If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”
What does Pathways Early College Cost?
- The Pathways program covers the cost of course tuition and fees for enrolled students
- Students are responsible for their books and school supplies
- Current high school students are ineligible to receive federal financial aid
Are you eligible for Pathways Early College?
- Reside in Massachusetts
- Possess a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (cumulative, based on a 4.0 scale)
- Be at least 16 years old and entering Grade 11 by the start of the fall semester
For Fall 2020 only, students who participated in other dual enrollment programs as juniors, and who have completed a minimum of 27 credits may apply to be accepted into the program as Seniors in the fall of 2020.
- Be recommended by the sending school
- Complete the Pathways application process
- Take the Accuplacer exam.
- Applicants must place into college-level English 101.
- The minimum math placement to be considered is MAT096, however, the average accepted applicant places into college level math courses.
- Be willing to enroll in classes during all available MWCC semesters, including Fall, Intersession, Spring, Maymester, and Summer sessions, in order to complete the diploma and associate degree requirements during the program
⇒All accepted Pathways Early College Experience students must participate in a mandatory three-day event at the end of August that includes Leadership Academy and Pathways Orientation. This helps students become more comfortable in their new college community, learn about expectations, policies and procedures established a solid foundation and form a bond with other students in their cohort.
Students must fulfill all state and educational requirements to meet high school diploma and Associate degree requirements, which also includes passing the MCAS. All Pathways students are considered Mount Wachusett Community College students and have access to MWCC services including counseling, advising, career services, fitness center, and leadership activities offered by Student Life. Students who have not passed MCAS will be scheduled to take the appropriate test at MWCC.
Pathways Virtual Information Sessions
Info Sessions for applicants interested in applying for Fall are held in late spring and summer. Students must be entering their junior year in the fall to be considered for the program. Please see below for further eligibility criteria. During the application season, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for application is typically late June. All applicants are required to attend an informational session and complete the Accuplacer exam to be considered for the program.
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline is June 25, 2020
- Applicants must attend an info session and complete the Accuplacer exam to be considered for the program.
- Call 978-630-9248 to sign up for an information session.
Pathways Early College Experience is funded through school choice funds from the Gardner Public School District and administered by Mount Wachusett Community College. If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in the information session, please contact the office of Access & Transition at 978-630-9248.