MassBay Community College and Framingham State University received a $10,000 state grant to support students in Framingham and Milford Public Schools who may be eligible for early college programs.
The program is geared toward “underrepresented’’ students – typically those who are low-income or first-generation college students.
According to a press release, early college programs combine traditional high school courses with an opportunity to earn college credit at a public college or university, typically in a particular career pathway.
Under the plan for Framingham and Milford students, outreach will begin in middle school and will be focused on business management, education, sociology and criminal justice, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) life sciences.
The $10,000 competitive planning grant allows Framingham State and MassBay to become “designated” early college programs by the Boards of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education.
Schools granted preliminary designation are expected to apply for final designation with the goal of launching programs this fall.
“Helping our students to get a jumpstart on earning a college degree while simultaneously earning their high school diploma is an amazing opportunity for our families,” said Framingham Superintendent Robert Tremblay.
MassBay President David Podell said the grant will help the school connect more underrepresented high school students with free access to college-level courses during a time when a college education can be cost-prohibitive.
Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos said preparing students for the rigors of college-level courses while they are still in high school eases the transition to college and makes it more likely that they will succeed.