NSCC’s vice president highlights Lynn campus partnerships

Dr. Karen Hynick.

LYNNNorth Shore Community College (NSCC) highlighted programs linking the Lynn campus to the city’s public schools during a forum focused on college partnerships.

NSCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Hynick focused on the campus and other college accomplishments during a discussion on “The Architecture of Partnership” at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass.

“The Early College model is about more than acceleration to college,”  Hynick said. “It addresses inequities across secondary and higher education, with significant implications for who has access to college, when, and at what cost.”

The third annual Early College Conference and Summit attended by Hynick and more than 20 other panelists featured discussions and workshops focused on local and regional partnerships, as well as round table discussions.

Hynick’s presentation highlighted the nationwide Early College movement — for which NSCC  has been a leader — and efforts to provide a path from ninth grade to a bachelor’s degree, free from the pressures and problems of the college admissions process.

NSCC and the three high schools in the Lynn Public School (LPS) system have partnered to offer Early College in Lynn. Early College allows high school juniors and seniors to take up to 30 college credits at no- or low-cost while still in high school, graduate with both a high school diploma and a year of college, enjoy a huge cost savings and get a great jump on college completion.

An NSCC statement describing the partnership said research shows that Early College helps prepare and inspire high school students for a commitment to college or post-secondary education. Over the past two years, more than 300 high school students have taken advantage of the program.

The NSCC LPS Early College model, strives to help more Lynn high school students persist to high school graduation; make students more likely to go on after high school graduation to college, persist in college and obtain a college degree; lower the total cost of a post secondary certificate or degree and cut the time to either an associate or bachelor’s degree; and provide a seamless transfer of academic credits earned.

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