a variety of personal and community enrichment
Carole Cowan recognized the need to engage the community
in a way that went beyond personal enrichment.
way to engage the city with special programs or coursework
on the academic side of things," said Cowan, "The logical
way to do that was to see how we could help support the
successful partnership with the Lowell Public Schools system.
That arrangement has served as the basis for the college's
more than 15 K-12 partnerships. It is work that was far ahead
of its time.
strategic way for the college focusing on K-12 partnerships,
and create a pipeline of students who were better prepared
for college-level work," explained Cowan.
Supported by a small grant, Middlesex began offering courses
to at-risk students and high school drops outs. Shortly
thereafter, Middlesex Academy opened.
federal grants that brought a variety of programs to MCC,
including GEAR UP and the TRIO program," said Cowan.
TRIO programs and the state/federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early
Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
precollegiate program. These programs assist students who
are low-income, first-generation students, or individuals with
needed to pursue post-secondary education.
transform Middlesex Academy into a fully-fledged charter
school now the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School
Cowan. "Our program was unique at the time because it
was originally designed for high school dropouts." LMACS
currently targets at-risk adolescents who have officially
dropped out of high school or who are seriously at risk of
opportunity presented itself to President Cowan. "We became
the beta site for the state's Dual Enrollment Program through
an agreement with Nashoba Valley Technical School."
and home-schooled students to earn college credit while
satisfying their high-school graduation requirements. Dual
Enrollment students may enroll in college-level courses
offered online, or on campus. Flexible options are available
to focus on science and math, engineering and technology,
health professions or business administration.
available to cover tuition and fees for a limited number of
admitted Massachusetts residents enrolled in college-level
courses that are transferable to an associate- or bachelor-
Nashoba Valley Technical High School with their diploma as
well as from Middlesex with an associate degree. It's very
impressive," added Cowan.