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MassBay Adds 7 Fall Courses Exclusively for High School Students

Thursday, August 20, 2020

MassBay campus WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (August 20, 2020) — MassBay Community College has added seven online and remotely-formatted courses this fall to be offered for high school students, exclusively. The courses include Medical Terminology, Drugs and Society, Law and Society, Entrepreneurship, Security Awareness, Environmental Studies I, and Intro to Communication.

Courses for High School Students and Registration Form web page

High school students can also enroll in other MassBay courses or apply for dual enrollment courses.

“Due to the coronavirus, many high school students and their families have been contacting us to learn about all available options for fall courses, wanting to add to their high school course selection. Taking one or more college-level courses is a great way for high school students to jumpstart their college education,” said Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, Alison McCarty. “High school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at an affordable price, and possibly find a career path that interests them. We hope by adding classes specifically for the high school population, MassBay can introduce them to college-level course work, as well as prepare them for their academic future.”

Here are brief course descriptions:

The Medical Terminology course prepares students to understand the construction of medical terms through common word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will learn to master medical vocabulary through classroom instruction.

The Entrepreneurship course prepares students to develop business ideas and plans to start, develop, finance, market, manage, and launch a new business. This course gives students the skills and knowledge they need to master the requirements of all the stages of launching a new business and the opportunity to build and implement a new business.

The Drugs and Society course examines the history of drugs in American culture. Topics may include the social, economic, legal, medical, and other issues concerning drug use and abuse; the causes of drug use and abuse; and the impact of drugs on the individual and society.

The Environmental Studies I course is an introduction to the science of ecology. Topics include classes of living organisms and their sources of energy, food chains, elements essential for plant and animal nutrition, mutation and evolution, chemicals that cause genetic or somatic injury, cancer, the atmosphere, and the human population.

The Introduction to Communication course introduces students to the history and principles of human communication. The course will cover the development of communication from signals, to speech, to writing, and to the mass communication technologies of print, broadcast media, and computers. Contemporary models and theories of human communication will be emphasized. The course will consider the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus. The will enable students to make informed choices about their future study and job options.

The Law and Society course introduces students to the institutions and participants of the American legal system. Topics covered include court procedures, civil and criminal law, constitutional law, and public policy. Students also read and analyze case law and statutes, and participate in class activities.

The Security Awareness computer science course provides a basic survey of data, computer, internet, and wireless security. The security principles—confidentiality, integrity, and availability—are introduced to students as well as the threats and attacks that undermine these principals.

High school students interested in taking one of these courses can view the class offerings and register here or contact MassBay’s Admissions office at 781-239-2500 or

Fall semester classes begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. View the full Course Offerings list.

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 lifelong 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.

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