Webinar: Effective Partnerships – Massachusetts Early College


Guiding Principle: Effective Partnerships Designated programs should be a partnership between at least one institution of higher education and one public secondary school and district, and may include one or more employers. Partnerships should present evidence that the program is consistent with collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understanding detailing the nature of governance, budget, […]

Webinar: Connection to Career – Massachusetts Early College


Designated programs should expose students to a variety of career opportunitiesincluding greater depth in careers relevant to their selected pathway, for example, by providing opportunities for targeted workforce and career skills development, careercounseling, and elements of experiential and workplace learning. This guiding principle dictates that designated early college programs should be designed to support college […]

Webinar: Enhanced Student Support – Massachusetts Early College


Designated programs should incorporate sufficient wraparound services to promote academic success and completion, taking into consideration the needs of diverse populations of students. Early college should be designed not as a boutique program, but should reflect a holistic program design in contemplation of the lived experience of the target student population. Specifically, programs are encouraged […]

Webinar: Guided Academic Pathways – Massachusetts Early College

Designated programs should be structured around clear and detailed student academic pathways from secondary and post-secondary education with regard to coursework, sequencing, and experiences beyond the classroom. Given this pathway, students should be expected to complete at least twelve college credits that count towards a postsecondary credential. Programs should also offer students substantive exposure to […]

Webinar: Equitable Access – Massachusetts Early College

Designated programs should prioritize students underrepresented in higher education enrollment and completion. To facilitate this, programs should be structured to eliminate barriers to student participation. Design might therefore include, but not be limited to, tuition-free participation, open enrollment without regard to prior academic performance, student supports to promote success, scalability, multiple entry points for students, […]

Webinar: Career-Connected Learning

Career-connected learning is a growing and proven model of career readiness. By creating a culture of opportunities that connect learning to careers, educators can establish a sustainable future that closes the equity gap, improves performance, and enhances community collaboration.  NS4ed supports a career-connected learning model that combines career exploration, academic learning, and awareness of high-value […]