MCLA Receives Grant for Dual Enrollment Program


 NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) was awarded a $27,000 grant from the state's Department of Education to fund its participation in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP) during the 2013 fiscal year.

MCLA's dual enrollment program offers local area high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses. Through the 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.  

According to Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs at MCLA, earning college credits while in high school assists students with the transition to college.

"Dual enrollment provides an early start on college and earning credits. Because the program is free, it's also of financial benefit," Joslin said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for high school students."

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 Massachusetts 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.  

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.