Haverhill High School
The Massachusetts Early College Initiative
On March 23, 2017, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and the Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) gathered over 250 early college stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to officially launch the Massachusetts Early College Initiative. The vision of the BHE and BESE is for the growth and sustainability of high-‐quality early college partnerships that connect our state’s districts and high schools with our state’s colleges. These partnerships will all be aimed at giving thousands of Massachusetts’s students, especially first-‐generation college-‐goers, access to college completion and career success.
Early college programs are based on the belief that all scholars deserve a high-‐quality education that adequately prepares them for college-‐level work. Haverhill Public Schools has partnered with Northern Essex Community College to pioneer an early college program. This innovative program makes a college education more accessible, affordable and attractive to Haverhill Public Schools scholars by offering an educational experience that blurs the line between high school, college, and career.
The Early College approach is based on the principle that challenging academics, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for scholars to work hard and meet rigorous intellectual challenges. The NECC and HHS Early College program blends high school and college in a rigorous, yet supportive program that compresses the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first year of college while at the same time introducing a variety of career-‐related activities in their intended field or industry. Should scholars choose to matriculate at NECC, it would only take them less than two years to earn an Associate Degree. The credits earned in this program are part of the Mass Transfer Block and are transferable to any public college or university in Massachusetts.
What is the Early College Dual Enrollment Program?
The Early College Program is designed to allow high school scholars the opportunity to earn college credits through Northern Essex Community College that also meet the requirements for their Haverhill High School Diploma. Scholars have the opportunity to earn up to 30 credits that are a part of the Mass Transfer Block. The Early College Program is FREE to Haverhill High School scholars and offers them the opportunity to enter college with a year or more of college coursework completed - saving time and money toward earning a 2-4 year college degree!
HHS-‐NECC Partnership: A Pipeline for Student Success
Haverhill High School offers scholars the unique opportunity to complete the first year of an Associate's degree from Northern Essex Community College (NECC) for free at the college campus. Scholars will have access to all NECC campus resources and will participate in hands-‐on career workshops and trainings in their intended career choice.
In this program, scholars engage in a rigorous curriculum that brings together student interests and high academic standards. Should scholars choose to continue their education at NECC, they will only need to complete the remaining Mass Transfer Block courses to gain an Associates Degree. If scholars receive a 3.0 GPA or higher on their Associate degree, they are eligible for reduced tuition to any Massachusetts public university through the Commonwealth Commitment. More information can be found here: http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/macomcom/home.asp
How does the Early College Program work/How can I apply?
Congratulations to all of our 2021 Early College participants! Well done.
Alessandro Da Rocha
Heismer Minaya Heredia