WEST BARNSTABLE – Career and Technical High School students in the Cape, Islands, Plymouth, and Southcoast regions, have a new pathway to enter higher education.
Cape Cod Community College joins all Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Commonwealth’s Career and Technical High Schools in implementing seven new transfer agreements that will assist vocational high school students enter community college degree and certificate programs.
The new agreements specifically target the high-demand fields of Hospitality Management; Business Technology; Health Assisting (CNA); Medical Assisting Carpentry, Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration; and Machine Tool Technology (Machine Manufacturing).
College President John Cox noted that the College’s relationship with the technical high schools goes back decades. “These new agreements join similar direct articulation documents that have been in place for some time in: Drafting, Transportation; Arts and Communications; Information Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Culinary Arts; and Early Childhood Education. Career and Technical high school students have been very successful earning academic certificates and degrees at CCCC. With these new agreements, we look for even more success,” he commented.
Cape Cod Community College Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Susan Miller participated in the process of matching the vocational/technical high school classwork with the community colleges program requirements. She noted, “The College is extremely pleased to add new areas of articulation to long-standing pathways that continue to be very successful for students. CCCC’s role in serving this unique geographic region made it very important that we participate in this development process, and I’m very excited to see our work begin to reach these talented and motivated students.”
According to Bill Hart, Executive Officer of Massachusetts Community College Executive Office, “The agreements were developed through an inclusive process with both community college faculty and vocational high school teachers, to ensure that articulation and transfer for these programs will be done in a uniform and consistent way.” He added, “We’ve created a seamless continuum of education opportunities for students while streamlining the process. These students have already proven they have done the work in a given area. Our goal is to keep them motivated, moving them forward in a trade area or degree program. so that they have a direct link to high-quality, low-cost higher education that will serve them well for a lifetime,” said Hart.
The seven new statewide agreements were developed this past summer under the leadership of the Massachusetts Community College Executive Office and built upon a four-year partnership with state education officials that was created in 2010; when the first pipeline agreement was developed in the field/trade of Drafting.