Governor Baker and Education Secretary discuss early college program

Massachusetts News

BROCKTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Governor was in Brockton today where he toured a charter school that’s giving students an opportunity to earn college credits.

The designated early college program has already changed so many students lives for the better but according to Governor Baker the program it hasn’t reached it’s full potential.

Currently more than a dozen high schools in Massachusetts give their student the opportunity to earn college credits before they even graduate. According to Governor Baker, many of those schools are located in gateway cities, like Holyoke, which gives many students the opportunity to be the first one in their family to earn a degree.

“When we find a program like this one of the things we’ve always said as an administration is we should do more of it, and it bothers me that only about less than 10% of the high schools in Massachusetts participate in this program,” said Baker.

MAP: New Heights Charter School

The Governor said he’s hoping to work with lawmakers to provide more of these amazing opportunities to students across the state. He believes now is the time to do it because the next state budget is currently being debated here on Beacon Hill.

A new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center looked at year-to-year fall enrollment numbers and found a sharp decline. The 22News I-Team examined the numbers and found that nationally, undergraduate enrollment this past fall declined by 3.6 percent.  In Massachusetts, that decline is a bit more pronounced, closer to 4 percent.  That’s a difference of just over 16,900 students in the Commonwealth from 2019. 

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