Workforce board collaborates with partners on youth Dual Enrollment opportunities for region
The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. has partnered with higher education and high school partners across the region to offer dual enrollment opportunities to students. Dual Enrollment is an early college program where currently enrolled high school students are able to concurrently enroll at higher education such as Bristol Community College and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and earn college credits.
On June 5, the workforce board launched LAUNCH with Old Colony in Rochester and partner Bristol Community College. In the LAUNCH program, Old Colony sophomore students will be able to enroll in dual enrollment courses and complete the BCC Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management by the time they graduate from high school. The certificate is 29-credits which can also be applied to an Associate’s degree at BCC or transferred to other higher educational institutions. More information on LAUNCH can be found here: http://www.oldcolony.us/2018/06/launch-early-college-entrepreneurship-announcement-information/launch-early-college-overview/
The workforce board has also collaborated with BCC and Wareham High School for a summer Advanced Manufacturing program funded through the AmpItUp! Commonwealth funded initiative. 20 students could enroll in the 3-credit CAD 101 course through BCC and also visit five area manufacturers to learn about application of CAD to the real-world work environments.
New Bedford High School students are also benefited from the workforce board’s initiative to support dual enrollment in the region. Through a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center grant, up to 20 NBHS students were able to enroll in 6-9 credits of BCC courses including CAD, Introduction to Renewables and Math, in addition to a paid 140-hour internship with a clean energy related course.
While there is a cost associated with the students enrolling in some dual enrollment, some of the programs are completely free for youth due to grant-funded opportunities including the Wareham and New Bedford High School programs. And for programs such as Old Colony, the cost is less than half of the regular tuition rate due to program support.
“Dual enrollment is important because it gives youth additional skills necessary to success in an internship or work experience,” said Anthony Sapienza, chair of the workforce board of directors. “Additionally, it gives the students an opportunity to explore careers and to see that they can succeed in college.”
For more information on the workforce board or the initiative to support dual enrollment, please visit gnbwib.org or contact Dr. K. Holloway Cripps at 508.979.1504.