Programs and Initiatives

Through the Division of Access and Transition, MWCC administers several College Access and Preparation Programs which provide middle and high school students, as well as adults, with an array of academic, college, and career awareness services including:

  • early college access
  • MCAS remediation
  • academic and career counseling
  • tutorials, workshops, and activities

Services are generally provided through targeted grant initiatives. In addition, MWCC hosts several annual events and activities designed for students and parents, which are open to the public.

K – 12 Partnerships

MWCC recognizes the need for the continued growth of students in a manner that builds on past learning experience and eliminates unnecessary duplication of instruction. Articulation agreements allow for high school students to enroll at MWCC and be awarded credits for work completed at the high school level. Click to learn more.

The primary goal of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant is to assist participants to successfully complete middle and high school and enroll in postsecondary education. Middle and high school students from four local districts continue to receive support from staff at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Talent Search offers services to six hundred ninety-five (695) individuals, primarily in grades six through twelve, of whom at least two-thirds must be income eligible and potential first-generation college students. Click to learn more.

Gateway to College is a unique dual enrollment opportunity for students who either have not experienced success in the traditional high school setting or are looking for a new opportunity to excel while still in high school or home school. The program is ideal for students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Gateway students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma with the added benefit of receiving free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate through a variety of career-focused pathways. Click to learn more. 

GEAR UP is a seven-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and administered by Mount Wachusett Community College, in partnership with Fitchburg Public Schools. Additionally, GEAR UP has several community partners that contribute time and resources to support grant goals and objectives. This partnership mission is two-fold: to provide cohort students with intensive academic, recreational, and family based interventions; and to provide the public school districts with a sustainable, system-wide infusion of instructional and curricular reforms that lead to improvements in teaching, learning, and curriculum design. Click to learn more.

Essentially, the primary goal of the North Central Massachusetts Talent Search (NCMTS) grant is to assist participants from eligible districts to successfully complete middle and high school and enroll in postsecondary education with the support from MWCC staff.

Talent Search offers services to five hundred (500) individuals in grades six through twelve, of whom at least two-thirds must be income eligible and potential first generation college students.  Click to learn more.

Mount Wachusett Community College is pleased to offer an Early College High School opportunity to motivated students who would like to get a jump start on college. The goal of Pathways is to provide 20 high school students, per year, the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an Associate degree while completing their junior and senior year taking courses at MWCC. Click to learn more.

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) has partnered with three high schools in Fitchburg and Leominster Massachusetts to recruit 120 9th graders with an interest in healthcare professions to enter a Workforce Diversity Pipeline program. Click to learn more.

Earn college credits through Dual Enrollment courses at MWCC. This program allows you to earn credit toward a high school/homeschool diploma and college degree simultaneously, saving you time and money toward your college degree.

Dual Enrollment offers a unique true-to-life academic college experience, allowing the student to focus on courses that will be transferable to most two-year and four-year public and private institutions, while simultaneously completing their high school graduation requirements. Click to learn more.

The primary goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program (UBMS) is to prepare high school students for post-secondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science. The objectives of the program are an academic improvement on standardized tests, project retention, post-secondary enrollment and post-secondary persistence. Click to learn more.

The Massachusetts Early College Initiative

In March 2017, state education agencies launched the Massachusetts Early College Initiative to celebrate the progress and success of pioneering early college efforts across the Commonwealth and lay out the path forward for expansion. Attendees heard from state education leaders and dynamic early college leaders. MWCC’s Student Trustee was featured in a video about the early college experience from the student perspective.Video by Tom Cruz Productions.
Students featured: Jasson Alvarado Gomez (Mount Wachusett Community College), Thaddeus Alexis (Ben Franklin Institute of Technology), Aliya Nisbett (Marlborough High School) and Reginal Osirus (Charlestown High School).