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MassBay Offers FREE College Courses to Framingham High, Keefe Tech, and Natick High Students

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (January 7, 2020) — MassBay is excited to once again offer area high school students a FREE college course through the state-funded Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP).  MassBay is collaborating with Framingham High School, Keefe Technical High School, and Natick High School this spring. The MassBay grant-funded college courses will be offered at each high school after the school day has ended. All courses will be taught by MassBay Community College faculty and will be no cost to students. This is the sixth year MassBay has offered free dual enrollment courses for eligible high school students through the CDEP grant.

Eligible high school juniors and seniors will be taking one of the following general education courses — Social Problems, Principles of Management, Law and Society, Principles of Marketing, or Drugs and Society.  Course offerings vary by high school and interested students can check with their high school guidance/college counselors for more information and application materials. These courses will provide the high school students the opportunity to earn college credits that are easily transferable to other colleges and universities, while also earning high school credits.

“I love that MassBay has once again been awarded the CDEP grant,” said MassBay Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, Lisa Slavin. “Allowing high school students to experience a college-level class while in high school exposes them to new topics, professors, and rigor. Once they successfully complete the course, they are one less college course away from completing a degree or certificate! This program saves time and money for families.”

“My mom had urged me to take a dual enrollment course and although I was nervous at first, thinking I would be in over my head, I quickly felt very comfortable in the course and I learned so much,” said former dual enrollment student and Framingham High School senior, Joe Garcia. “The class gave me insight into what I would be faced with in future college courses and gave me confidence with the college-level materials. The deeper thinking on subjects, I believe, prepares you for the next step, in college or whatever you will face next in life. I would tell my peers to consider taking a dual enrollment course to educate yourself with a subject outside the typical curriculum and discover how to learn in a different way.”

"We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership with MassBay Community College and are excited about offering two dual enrollment courses for our students this spring,” said Keefe Regional Technical School Director of Guidance and Admissions, Adrienne Bogusky. "Taking college level courses while in high school has been a very valuable experience for many Keefe Tech students and we look forward to continuing to provide this opportunity.”

The Partner High School Dual Enrollment is a special dual enrollment program funded by the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP) and provided free to high school students who qualify and participate. The high school students who are eligible to participate attend a partner high school-Natick High School, Keefe Technical High School, and Framingham High School.

MassBay also allows qualified high school and home-schooled students to enroll in college courses under the Traditional Dual Enrollment program, with permission of the local school or school district. These students can earn college and high school credits for their successful completed course work. Dual enrollment students can register for a full-time or part-time schedule.

For more information on MassBay’s free college courses this spring, contact Elaine Rosenburg at erosenburg@massbay.edu. Classes start January 21, 2020.

To learn more about at MassBay visit www.massbay.edu

MassBay Community College is ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for two-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.