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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 Commonwealth. As noted by the Massachusetts Alliance for Early College press release, the programs are projected to reach 7,500 students in the 2022-2023 school year, earning more than 50,000 college credits.

“We are thankful for the leadership of our legislative partners in the House and Senate who have advocated for the growth of the Early College Initiative,” noted MWCC President James Vander Hooven.

MWCC Early College programs have grown exponentially in recent years and currently include partnerships with Gardner High School, Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology, Leominster High School, Leominster Center for Excellence and Leominster Center for Technical Education Innovation, Fitchburg High School, the Sizer School, and Narragansett Regional High School. Recruiting is now on-going for fall 2022.