Through partnerships with Charlestown High School, Chelsea High School, and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, the Early College program provides eligible students the opportunity to potentially earn up to 60 BHCC college credits with attending high school. Students who complete the program will receive both credits towards a BHCC associate degree and a high school diploma.
In 2018 The Baker-Polito Administration announced designation status to 21 early college programs across Massachusetts and awarded more than $80,000 in grants to public colleges, universities and high schools in the midst of developing early college programs.
Early college programs combine traditional high school courses with the opportunity to earn college credit, making college more accessible and affordable to low-income students.
The Administration awarded a $10,000 competitive planning grant and preliminary approval to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)’s early college program at Charlestown High School. Expanding upon existing career pathway programs in information technology and business, the College plans to add courses in health and liberal arts to the program’s curriculum.
Madison Park High School
The Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Post-Secondary (RoxMAPP) early college program is designed to put students on an expedited path to college and career success, the RoxMAPP program is a collaboration between BHCC, Boston Public Schools, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and Roxbury Community College. This early college program for 10th-12th graders prepares students with up to 15 transferable credits for postsecondary success while enrolled at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.
Program website: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/domain/2345
Taneka R. DeGrace, RoxMapp Director
Charlestown High School
Students can earn up to 30 college credits towards an industry recognized degree at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). Along with earning college credits, students have access to mentoring, advising, and tutoring from BHCC, CHS, and industry professionals.
Program website: https://www.charlestownhs.org/overview
Aaron Altman, C-Town Pathways Coordinator
Chelsea High School
BHCC’s early college program at Chelsea High School (CHS) has pathways in three fields: health and life sciences, law and public policy, and education. Students have the opportunity to graduate CHS with an associate degree or professional certificate from BHCC.
Program website: https://ma50000536.schoolwires.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1352
Mark Martineau, Principal
The funding from The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation allows BHCC to consolidate its Early College efforts into a core model that anticipates growth in scale and performance, as well as distillation and dissemination of its promising practices to the field. The $2.4 million grant covers a three-year project horizon and will serve more than 500 high school students, coming from a portfolio of partnerships with high school and community-based organizations in Greater Boston.