MCLA Receives 'Dual Enrollment' Grant


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently was awarded a $27,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to fund its participation in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program during the 2014 fiscal year.

Through the program, academically qualified high school juniors and seniors can register for one or more classes at MCLA free of charge, and receive an introduction to college life and the academic expectations of a college course.

According to Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs at MCLA, the dual enrollment program's goal is to provide an early college experience to high school students, to prepare them for college.

"This initiative - supported by the Commonwealth - is an important and valuable experience for high school students and an opportunity for them to earn college credit while in high school," Joslin said. "In addition to an early college experience, the program inspires students to continue their education and enroll in college. It also is a financial benefit to the students as they accumulate college course credit at no cost, while still in high school."

Students who complete courses through the dual enrollment program can apply those credits toward their college career if they choose to attend MCLA. These credits also may be accepted by other colleges and universities.

Students who are in their junior or senior year of high school, who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and who have a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, are eligible to apply to the program.

Qualified students may enroll in MCLA day classes. Space is limited, based on available seats in the courses offered. Funding to cover the cost of books is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested should contact the Office of Admission, 800-969-MCLA, for an application and more information. For more information about MCLA, go to .