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Massachusetts Budget Includes $19 Million for Expanding Early College Statewide

The Fiscal Year 2023 budget signed by Governor Charlie Baker on July 28, 2022 includes $19 million in Early College funding, an increase of $8 million over the previous year. Since its inception in 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration has worked to expand access to Early College, which has shown promising outcomes for students in the […]

Early College Graduation Awards Diplomas to 38 Students and Associates Degrees to 23 Students

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Early College programs, Gateway to College and Pathways Early College Experience, held a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2022, to honor the 38 students graduating with their high school diplomas from partner Gardner Public Schools, 23 of whom also earned their associate degree. “You are each going to face challenges […]

Early College Designation Announced for Narragansett Regional High School in Partnership with MWCC and Fitchburg State

GARDNER, MA – April 11, 2022 – On March 28, 2022 the Baker-Polito administration announced the designation of eight new Early College programs including Narragansett Regional High School (NRHS) in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University. Early College programs provide college exposure to students in high school who might otherwise not […]

Early College Off to a Great Start for Fall 2021

Nearly Twelve Percent of Enrolled Students are in Early College Programs The Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Department of Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the Mount Wachusett Community College new Early College Designation with Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology and Gateway to College for the 2021-2022 academic year. The purpose […]

MWCC Tea Time Series Highlights Gateway to College Opportunity for High School Students

Mount Wachusett Community College is now accepting applications for the fall 2020 Gateway to College program and offering several opportunities for community members and potential students to learn more about this Early College program. On February 24, the Tea Time Speaker Series will present “Alternative Education: Gateway to College” from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at […]

Early College Summit Highlights Successes and Importance of Early College Investments

On October 24, the North Central MA Early College Summit brought together educators, students, and civic leaders for a day of discussion and advocacy. The Early College partnership between Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, Gardner High School, Leominster High School and Center for Technical Education, and the Sizer School creates a pipeline to […]

Mount Wachusett Community College Gateway to College Program Receives National Recognition 4th Year in a Row

(NEW HAVEN)–Achieving the Dream’s Gateway to College program at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) has received a Program Excellence Award in recognition of exceeding all four benchmarks used to assess the performance of Gateway to College programs nationwide. The four benchmarks used to establish the Program Excellence Award are: first term success, one-year persistence, two […]

Early College Designation Announced

Fitchburg State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg High School, Leominster High School, Sizer School and Gardner High School will launch a new early college high school program that will give students an opportunity to earn 12 college credits while still in high school. The Early College Designation was among several announced Thursday by Gov. […]

MWCC Pathways and Gateway Dual Enrollment Students Graduate from High School

Sixty six students were honored for earning their high school diploma along with college credits or degrees through two of Mount Wachusett Community College’s dual enrollment programs at a graduation ceremony Friday night. “You have proven something to yourself… once you commit yourself to a goal, you know you can find ways to achieve that […]

MWCC has Saved Early College Students Over $4.6M in Tuition Costs

Since 2006, Mount Wachusett Community College has helped dual enrollment students taking college courses in high school earn 22,286 college credits, saving 623 students an estimated $4,681,991 in tuition costs and accelerating their path to a college degree. “The classes that dual enrollment students complete translate to an average of three semesters completed by the […]