Massasoit, Local High Schools Partner to Provide Early College Credits in Information Technology
Massasoit Community College is partnering with Brockton High School and South Shore Vocational Technical High School to offer a new pathway for students to earn stackable college credits and industry credentials before they graduate from high school. The Network Security Pathway will allow students to enter high-demand occupations and seamlessly continue their education at Massasoit with a significant head start towards an associate degree. The initiative is supported with a Career and Technical Education Partnership grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Students in the Network Security Pathway can earn up to 16 college credits and complete a college certificate. They will also be eligible for the CompTIA A+ Certification and the national Cisco CCNA exam as they progress. The first two courses, IT Essentials and Introduction to Networks, will be taught at the high schools; students will then take the remaining two courses at Massasoit. Up to 65 students per year will be able pursue the pathway when the partnership is fully to scale.
“Everyone who completes this pathway will be ready to enter the IT field in a variety of specialized roles – qualified professionals right out of high school,” said Carine Sauvignon, executive dean for Massasoit’s Canton campus & dean of Emergent Technologies.
The IT and Networking courses are available in Spring 2021 (beginning in January).
For more information on the Network Security Pathway visit massasoit.edu/early-college-networking-it-courses.
Massasoit’s Office of Early College Access offers a variety of opportunities for high school students to take classes for college credit, including the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program, the Massasoit Dual Enrollment Program, and the Gateway to College program. Every course taken through an early college experience is equivalent to the same course at Massasoit Community College.