Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $46,000 Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to expand
dual-enrollment programs, which allow high school students to take college courses and earn credit for free or at a reduced cost.

The grant will enable MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy to increase college participation – especially among under-represented, low-income, minority and first-generation-to-college students – by increasing financial support for eligible students, according to Ellen Grondine, MCC Associate Dean of Educational Pathways.

“The value of dual enrollment is it exposes many first-generation students to the rigor and value of college-level courses,” explained Grondine. “We want to help these students become college-ready before they graduate from high school.

“Our Dual Enrollment Academy students can graduate with anywhere from three to 15 college credits, which contributes to college-degree completion and can reduce student-loan debt,” she said. “This grant will allow us to expand the number of dual-enrollment students, and provide financial support for those who might not otherwise be able to participate.”

The grant will also support increasing Dual Enrollment Academy outreach to parents, and assist in creating curriculum-alignment workshops between Middlesex and participating high school faculty, added Grondine.

MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy currently has partnerships with more than 10 regional high schools and technical/vocational schools, according to Grondine. It currently enrolls more than 500 high school students in a wide variety of Middlesex courses each semester.

For more information about MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll/default.aspx

For further information about the DHE’s Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership, visit: http://www.mass.edu/strategic/read_cdep.asp