Strategic Partnership initiatives support NSCC’s efforts to advance its Early College articulation agreements with partner school districts; strengthen College Readiness programming with high school districts, community-based organizations, employers and universities.

Strategic Partnerships seeks to:

  • Develop connections and maintain sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships with community leaders and organizations;
  • Represent NSCC’s goals and objectives while enhancing the role and reputation of the College in the community;
  • Create and implement strategies to support and improve access, readiness, and transition to college, and ultimately, success in pursuing and completing degree programs and finding satisfying careers.

General Overview of Programs

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You don’t have to wait to begin your college experience. NSCC’s Early College Partnership and Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school and home-schooled students like you to earn college credit while completing high school graduation requirements. The NSCC Early College program provides opportunities for high school students to take college courses while still in High School. Start early at NSCC and go far!

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Early College programs in specific districts. NSCC current partners include:

  • Lynn Public Schools
  • Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

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North Shore Community College provides an opportunity for high school or home-schooled students to take college courses. Students may choose to do so to finish requirements for a high school diploma or for personal enrichment purposes.

Students should work with their guidance counselor to determine course selection based on the student s academic skill level and educational goals. Academic and student support services, including academic advising, career counseling, free tutoring, computer labs, and library access are provided to maximize success. Students are eligible to participate in NSCC-sponsored activities and clubs.

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Articulation agreements provide students an opportunity to earn college credit, specifically for North Shore Community College, while enrolled in high school; early Accuplacer assessment helps students prepare academically for college; and college visits help students explore various college programs and degrees. 

Gateway to College is a college-based, dual-credit program designed specifically for students who have left high school, or are significantly behind in credits and are unlikely to finish high school on time.

Gateway to College is a unique scholarship opportunity that allows students a second chance to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits toward an associate degree or certificate at NSCC at no cost to the student.

At Gateway to College our goal is to have the majority of our graduates continue their education beyond the program to:

  • Complete an associate degree or academic certificate program at NSCC.
  • Transfer to a four-year college or enter the workforce with a college credential.

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The Cooperative Education/Internship Course (COP202) combines in class or online coursework with an approved, faculty-supervised work experience. The work experience must relate to the student's major. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work and finish coursework assignments.

  • The Cooperative Education/Internship Course (COP202) is given on-site or online each semester: fall, winter/spring and summer.

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The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides postsecondary education access services and career exploration and advising to students and adults (age 19 and above) who are interested in furthering their education.

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TRIO/Talent search is a partnership with Lynn Public Schools that works to identify and assist high school students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. We currently have advisors located Lynn Technical, Lynn Classical, and Lynn English High Schools.

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The TRIO/Upward Bound (UB) program at NSCC is a partnership with Lynn Public School District. UB provides intensive basic support for students as they get ready for college.

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For more information, please contact:

Carmen Ciprian
Administrative Assistant

Adam Cutler
Dean of Strategic Partnerships


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