Submitted to Easton Patch:
Sophomore Jonathan Berry has been accepted to The Academy for College Excellence, a collaborative initiative of Northeastern University College of Professional Studies and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA). Co-Chairs of the initiative are Carol Doherty, the Northeastern University liaison, and Peter Dewar, the Director of Professional Development for MAVA.
The mission of the new program is to provide opportunities for CVTE (Career Vocational/Technical Education) students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in post-secondary education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused pathways in a 21st Century economy.
The goal is to have the high school curriculum transition seamlessly into the offerings at the university level so that students will be able to maintain college status while still at the high school. The 28 students from 8 technical schools accepted into the program are considered Northeastern University students. After attending a mini retreat at Northeastern’s Warren Conference Center in Ashland in June, Jonathan’s first class started on July 5th. As part of this program, he will have the opportunity to earn college credits during his junior and senior years in high school, providing a pathway to an Associate of Science in Management Information Systems. This could eventually lead to a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. The credits may be transferrable, at the discretion of the receiving college or university, and there is no cost to the student or parent, as this program is supported in part by federal funds through the Race to the Top grant for Massachusetts.