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MassBay Offers Free College Courses to Area High Schools

Monday, December 13, 2021


Liz Cooper


WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (December 13, 2021) — MassBay Community College is excited to offer eligible area high school students at our partner high schools the opportunity to take a free college course through the state-funded Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP). MassBay is collaborating with Framingham High School, Keefe Technical High School, Natick High School, Bellingham High School, and Hopkinton High School to offer the free classes. This marks the seventh year MassBay has offered free dual enrollment courses for qualified high school students through the CDEP grant.

These fully-remote college courses will be taught by MassBay Community College faculty and will be available to eligible high school juniors and seniors. The courses will allow the students to earn both high school and college credits, which are transferrable to other college and university degree programs.

Students can take one of the following general education courses:

  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Scripting
  • Drugs and Society
  • Medical Terminology

“I’m delighted MassBay has once again been awarded the CDEP grant,” said MassBay Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Lisa Slavin. “CDEP enables high school students to participate in a college-level class while still in high school, exposing them to new topics, professors, and rigor. Once they successfully complete the course, these students are one step closer to completing a degree or certificate, saving time and money for them and their families.”

Virtual Information Sessions will be held this week for the Partner High School CDEP program on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14 and 15 at 4 P.M., and Thursday, December 16 at 7 P.M. For more information about MassBay’s free college courses being offered to eligible high school students this spring, please contact Elaine Rosenburg at, or visit

Registration is now open for the spring 2022 semester at MassBay. Classes are online and on campus, starting January 18, 2022.

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.

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