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Celebrating the Legacy of President Carole A. Cowan
eading the Way in K-12 Partnerships
MCC's Dual Enrollment Academy has grown significantly.
Middlesex currently has Dual Enrollment partnerships with 37
local high schools, as well as many home-schooled students.
MCC faculty and staff work closely with guidance counselors
and parents to ensure dual enrollment courses count for credit
at the high school level.
Middlesex also has a special partnership with middle schools.
The B.R.I.D.G.E Program (Beginnings Respect Independence
Diversity Guidance Education) is an alternative middle school
program for Lowell Public Schools students in grades 7 and
8, ages 12-16, who are experiencing problems of disruption,
behavior and attendance in the traditional school setting.
The BRIDGE Program offers comprehensive, positive,
structured and safe school experience emphasizing
standards, choice, responsibility and human dignity.
Cowan would like to see MCC solidify more articulation
agreements in K-12 partnerships for the college. "We need to
stay close enough to the K-12 scene to know where colleges
can contribute and make sure there is funding to do so," said
Cowan. "I remember when the state said they wouldn't fund
any high school partnerships or programs, and now it's a
complete turnaround.
"Investing in K-12 partnerships early was a wise strategic
move for the college," she continued. "We are always looking
at in-roads from where our students come from and look for
ways to help them come to Middlesex better prepared to do
the work. No other community college is doing this kind of
work there never has been and it's not new to us."
Tura Linderholm
"The goal was two-fold: Tailor
programming in a more strategic
way for the college focusing on
K-12 partnerships, and create a
pipeline of students who were better
prepared for college-level work."
~ Dr. Carole A. Cowan,
Middlesex President