Framingham State receives $600,000 for early college program
By Sloane M. Perron
Framingham State University and MassBay Community College, an institution based in Framingham, Ashland and Wellesley, received $600,000 to expand their educational programs.
The funds enable the two colleges to expand their MetroWest Scholars early start program within the Waltham public school system.
The Early Start program aims to reach low-income and underrepresented students and families from grade 8, exposing them to in-demand professional fields and career paths, including business, sociology/criminology , STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and education, according to a Tuesday announcement from the schools.
Students in the program are exposed to college-level coursework and earn real credit toward their college degree before graduating from high school.
Following the program’s early success in Framingham and Milford Public Schools, the program is now expanding to Waltham Public Schools.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Framingham) helped secure the funding needed to expand the reach of the program and provide more resources to public school students in the MetroWest area.
“Early College programs are one of the best tools we have to improve college outcomes and attendance rates for underserved students and families,” Framingham State Chairman Javier Cevallos said in a statement. written announcement.