High School Students Can Earn College Credit Through MCLA's Dual Enrollment Program


NORTH ADAMS, MA -Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) once again offers local area high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses for the Spring 2011 semester through the Massachusetts Department of Education Dual Enrollment Program.  

Academically qualified high school juniors and seniors can register for one or more classes at MCLA free of charge. While earning college credits, students are introduced to college life and experience the academic expectations of a college course.  

MCLA is pleased to offer this benefit to our local college-bound high school students, according to Denise Richardello, vice president of enrollment and external relations. 

"The Dual Enrollment Program is a great opportunity for area high school students to be exposed to college level academics in a variety of disciplines," said Richardello. "MCLA offers enrollment in exciting courses taught by our talented faculty."  

Courses in the sciences, math, and business have been most popular in the past.  

Enrollment in college courses while in high school is also a great way to strengthen a student's admission application to college according to Richardello.  

Students who enroll at MCLA in dual enrollment would apply these credits towards their college career if they choose to attend MCLA. Also, these credits may be accepted by other colleges and universities.

The Dual Enrollment Program is funded by the state Department of Education. Students who are in their junior or senior year of high school and who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 are eligible to apply to the program with a recommendation from a guidance counselor. Qualified students may enroll in MCLA day classes.  

Classes start Jan. 19, 2011. Space is limited, based on available seats in the courses offered. Please contact the Office of Admission by Nov. 19, at 800-969-MCLA, for an application or more information.