In 2018, The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $2.4 million to BHCC to establish Early College at BHCC and set the standard for early college in Massachusetts. The funding covers a three-year project horizon and will allow BHCC to consolidate its Early College efforts into a core model that anticipates growth in scale and performance and will provide evidence about the efficacy of early college as a way to increase high school graduation and college completion and broaden career exploration.
Through partnerships with seven high schools and community-based organizations, the Early College program at BHCC promotes college access/completion and career exploration beyond high school graduation for the nearly 500 students who participate annually.
BHCC’s C-Town Pathways program at Charlestown High School received official Early College designation in 2018 from the Baker-Polito Administration. In addition to two distinct pathways in information technology and business; the College is developing additional pathways for students in health and liberal arts through funding from the Administration and the Smith Family Foundation.
C-Town Pathways students participate in an exploratory course in 9th grade, before enrolling in one pathway course per semester in 10th grade. These courses are taught by BHCC faculty at Charlestown High School so that students earn college-level credits in their chosen pathway in a familiar environment. Students then take courses at BHCC’s Charlestown Campus through 11th and 12th grade and participate in work-based learning opportunities.
Early College Model Advances with $2.4M Smith Family Foundation Grant
The largest private grant awarded in the College’s history, the funding covers a three-year project horizon and will serve more than 500 high school students each year. The students will be selected from early college partnership programs at high schools and community-based organizations throughout Greater Boston.