Higher Education Partnerships

  • Collegiate TRIO Programs
    MCC supports two collegiate TRIO programs offering academic support including tutoring and skill building workshops; career, transfer, academic and financial aid advising; and opportunities to participate in cultural events and college campus visits. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

TRIO Student Success Program
This program serves 200 low-income, first-generation to college and students with disabilities with an emphasis on academic success and transfer to four-year institutions.
Contact: Ann Buskey, 978-656-3385,

TRIO Program for Student Achievements
This program serves 100 students with documented disabilities with an emphasis on serving students needs through the use of assistive technology and individualized attention.
Contact: Leslie Stafford, 978-656-3273,

  • EdLink of the Northeast:
    A partnership of public higher education institutions
    EdLink comprises the five public higher education institutions located in Northeastern Massachusetts: Middlesex, Northern Essex and North Shore Community Colleges, UMass Lowell, and Salem State College. EdLink represents the first time the Northeast public institutions, encompassing all three segments of the public higher education system, have formally established an entity with a refined strategic focus on sustainable academic, economic and cultural growth. EdLink academic programs include:

Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs
To increase opportunities for degree completion, Middlesex and Northern Essex community colleges have partnered with Salem State College to bring upper division courses and graduate core courses to their campuses. Students may enroll in upper division courses in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Sociology at Middlesex, or courses in Nursing, Business Administration and Social Work at Northern Essex. Middlesex and Salem State also have a new partnership to offer bachelor's degree completion program for health professionals. The program offers MCC health career graduates the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Liberal Studies/Health Professions Concentration from Salem and is especially beneficial for students in MCC's Radiologic Technology, Dental Hygiene and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs.

Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO)
MCO is a collaboration of 23 Massachusetts institutions of public higher education that promotes and supports online distance learning. Member institutions have joined together to share their convenient and flexible online courses and programs with students throughout the state and beyond.
Contact: Matthew Olson, 781-280-3715,

Last Modified: 8/2/21