(Image courtesy the office of Governor Deval Patrick)
A new partnership between Roxbury Community College and its neighbor Madison Park Technical Vocational High School aims to get students on the path toward college degrees and jobs, the office of Governor Deval Patrick recently announced.
Launched by the Governor and Mayor Thomas M. Menino Monday, the Roxbury Massachusetts Academic Polytech Pathway or RoxMAPP, allows students from Madison Park to seamlessly transition from life at the high school to higher education and possibly earn an associate’s degree while they earn their high school diploma.
Organizers hope the program will create more graduates ready for careers in high demand fields like health care, information technology, and the life sciences.
“We have made tremendous strides in raising the achievement levels of all Massachusetts students, but there is more we can do to prepare for the 21st century economy,” Patrick said in a statement. “RoxMAPP is about making significantly better and more effective use of the resources we have to develop the talent we have, to build a stronger economic future.”
The program, which was first announced in June, allows students from Madison Park to enroll in programs at RCC while still at the high school, with the goal of having the students better equipped for jobs or college after they graduate. The partnership will also work to connect the graduates with local employers or four-year universities to help them continue their academic work.
On Monday the program's inaugural group of high school students headed over to RCC for their first day of class. Eventually the program will be opened to all Madison Park students.
“The best investments we can make are in our young people and in our schools,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. “This innovative partnership will put our students on the right track and prepare them for the careers of the future. These young men and women are the best our city has to offer and supporting them now will pay huge dividends to Boston in the years to come.”
The partnership will be directed by a Joint Industry Advisory Board appointed by Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino. The Boston School Committee and the RCC Board of Trustees will retain control of their schools and will be represented on the new advisory board by members of both boards, said Patrick’s office.