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Mass Colleges Online

on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:48

Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) is a consortium of Massachusetts Community Colleges and the State Universities of Massachusetts. The institutions have joined to share their convenient and flexible online courses and programs with students throughout the state and internationally as well. Explore the site and learn how Mass Colleges Online can help you begin or continue your higher education, improve your job skills, and expand your career opportunities.
Wherever you want to go, MCO can help you get there. Wherever you're going in life, MCO can help you get there faster.

Technical High Schools Transfer Agreements

on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 01:18

Photo Courtesy of Massasoit Community College

The first Statewide Articulation Agreement in the academic discipline of Drafting was established and approved in the fall of 2011. Now, the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges and Chapter 74 approved Secondary Career/Vocational Technical High Schools across the Commonwealth, working as part of a statewide articulation taskforce have established agreements in 13 additional fields bringing the grand total to 14 agreements.

DraftingHospitality Management
Manufacturing/EngineeringBusiness Technology
Culinary ArtsHealth Assisting (CNA)
TransportationMedical Assisting
Arts & CommunicationCarpentry
Information TechnologyHVAC
Early Childhood EducationMachine Tool Technology
2014 Articulation Crosswalks 

Following the path of the creation of the Drafting agreement, a Statewide Articulation Taskforce comprised of; faculty and administration from the community colleges, Chapter 74 approved Secondary Career/Vocational Technical High Schools, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) was formed. In a uniform and consistent way, this collaboration allows for Chapter 74 Vocational High School students to enroll at any community college and be awarded credits for work completed at the vocational high school level. It also supports a seamless continuum of education for students while streamlining the agreement process. For more information on Chapter 74 approved Secondary/Career Vocational Technical High Schools, please click here.

To contact us with inquiries regarding Statewide Articulation Agreements, please email us at


on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 01:18

PACE (Partnership to Advance Collaboration & Efficiency)

on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 01:16

The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) and the State Universities Council of Presidents joined together to address recommendations made by the Department of Higher Education’s Task Force on Collaboration and Efficiency.  These two councils, consisting of twenty-four PACE charter members (fifteen community colleges and 9 state universities), have a shared belief that increased collaboration will result in benefits for every institution, its students, and the community. 

The PACE mission is to lead a systematic effort for campus collaborations which will benefit  each

Workforce Highlights & Testimonials

on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 00:58

Photo Courtesy of Quinsigmond Community College

Community College Workforce Development Partnerships with Regional Businesses

  • Northern Essex Community College trained workers at Mainstream Global; a Hispanic owned and managed company in Lawrence that provides sustainable reverse supply chain solutions.


on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 00:56

Photo Courtesy of Springfield Technical Community College

More than 80% of all Massachusetts Community College alumni stay within the Commonwealth. Our community colleges train workers for jobs vital to Massachusetts and provide training and education for both workers and employers.

Massachusetts Community Colleges have pioneered an innovative, statewide workforce training resource for business and industry called MASS*NET.

Financial Aid Resources

on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 10:26

Photo courtesy of Holyoke Community College

Below is a brief overview of a few of the many financial assistance programs that are available to eligible community college students. Aid is based on need, educational background, area of study and a host of other variables. For more details contact the institution you attend or plan on attending.

The Commonwealth Commitment Program- The Commonwealth Commitment program enables students to start out at a Community College and seamlessly transfer to one the state universities or UMASS for specific programs at a reduced cost.