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Transitional Scholars Program

What is the MassBay Transitional Scholars Program?

The Transitional Scholars Program at MassBay is a student centered program designed for transition age students with a documented disability. This program serves students typically between 18-22 years of age, who are currently enrolled in their high school transition program or are transitioning from high school to post-secondary education.  The Program is designed for students who are interested in taking one (1) or two (2) college courses per semester and accessing the program’s services for a maximum of three (3) years.  Participants in the program develop career planning and employment skills, self-advocacy skills, and life skills that will assist them in their post-secondary interests and activities.  Students learn to function independently on the college campus.  Given the individualized nature of this program, all decisions are at the discretion of the program coordinator and his/her designee.

How does the Transitional Scholars Program work?

  • The goal of the program is for the student to gain independence, learn to self-advocate, develop action plans and personal goals and to gain skills to access employment in an area of interest.
  • Before the start of the semester, students will meet with the program coordinator to establish goals for participating in the program and will select their top 5 course choices.  Courses are matched with individual student goals and courses available.
  • Schedules are individualized based on the student’s interests and needs.  The program coordinator meets with each student on a weekly basis to measure progress and re-evaluate the student’s needs.
  • Through Person-Centered Planning (PCP), each student develops an action plan to achieve their goals.  Person-centered planning is a results-oriented process that engages students in planning for their future and choosing their pathway to success.
  • Students have access to Educational Coaches for support both in and out of class.
  • Students are typically enrolled in one (1) course per semester and have the option to audit or take the class for credit.  Examples of courses include but are not limited to:  Introduction to Mass Media; Computers & Technology; Career & Life Planning; Child Development; Fundamentals of Composition; Critical Thinking; Environmental Science; Drawing; Oral Communication; and Introduction to Hospitality.
  • Students in the Transitional Scholars Program are MassBay Community College students.  Students have access to all available supports and services that the college offers, including, but not limited to: tutoring & peer mentoring; student clubs & activities; career planning & counseling services; recreation & wellness center classes & working out.

Program Costs:

  • Total cost for the comprehensive services offered through MassBay’s Transitional Scholars Program is $5,400 per semester for one (1) 3-credit or 4-credit course, or $7,900 for Two (2) courses – up to seven (7) credits total.  This includes educational coaching, tuition and fees, textbooks and materials, person-centered planning, social skills & life skills development, self-advocacy training, tutoring & peer mentoring, and access to all other college activities/opportunities such as classes at the Recreation & Wellness Center, counseling services, and clubs.
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due with a signed MassBay Program Contract upon acceptance.

Application Requirements:

Transitional Scholars Program Application →

  • Completed Transitional Scholars Program Application.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who have known the applicant for 6 months or longer.
    • One from an educator (teacher, special education facilitator, guidance counselor, etc.)
    • One from an employer/supervisor in an employment or internship setting.

Note: Guidelines for recommendation letters are included with the application.

  • Copy of applicant’s high school transcript.
  • Individual 30-minute interview with the Transitional Scholars Program selection committee.

Additional Information:

  • In order to receive accommodations at the college, appropriate documentation will be required.
  • Orientation dates and information will be shared upon acceptance into the program.  All students are required to attend an orientation before beginning their coursework.
  • Fall semester 2020 begins Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.


For more information, please contact:
Colleen Calcagni, Interim Coordinator of Transitional Scholars Program
Phone: 781-239-2625
Fax:  781-239-2627


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