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BHCC Early College Programs Receive Preliminary Designation Status from Baker-Polito Administration Along with a $10K Planning Grant

Friday, January 26, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration announced “preliminary” 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. The grant award will aid the program in becoming a “designated” early college program by the Board of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education.

In addition to the program in Charlestown, BHCC’s early college program at Chelsea High School (CHS) received preliminary approval to develop pathways in three fields: health and life sciences, law and public policy and education. The goal is for students to graduate from CHS with an associate degree or professional certificate from BHCC.

The Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Post-Secondary (RoxMAPP) early college program also received preliminary approval to expand opportunities for student learning in the workplace through industry partnerships. 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.

BHCC is also partnering with the Collaborative for Educational Services, Quincy College, Holyoke Community College and Urban College to launch a new early college program aimed at increasing high school graduation rates and easing the college transition for students living in residential care through the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.

This new program also received preliminary approval from the Administration. All four programs are expected to apply for final designation in February, with the goal of launching programs this fall.


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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).