Early College and Credentialing Pathways Program
  • Marlborough High School and Quinsigamond Community College

    Early College and Credentialing Pathways Program


    Marlborough High School (MHS), in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), will offer the following early college courses as an option for all interested students beginning junior year.

    This is a free experience for MHS students. All expenses including tuition, fees, and course materials are covered through the Marlborough Public Schools. Students may earn up to 12 free college credits through this program.

    Early College pathway courses are delivered by the faculty of MHS during the regular school day and count towards MHS graduation requirements. The MHS faculty assigned to these courses will be recognized as adjunct professors.

    All early college pathways align with the MassTransfer program which enables participating students to carry credits from QCC to articulated four-year institutions. As such, these courses would best meet the needs of any student looking to pursue a 2- or 4-year college experience after high school.

    All college courses will be weighted the same as Honors coursework for GPA purposes.

    College entrance exams will be administered for applicable courses to ensure that all required prerequisites are met.

    For more information on the MassTransfer program please visit, http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/  

    For more information on the cost savings associated with the community college pathway please visit, http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/2011/05/18/starting-at-community-college-can-save-thousands


    Early College Course Offerings                                                

     

    ENG 101 Composition I

    In Composition I, students write a minimum of four essays in multiple drafts in addition to shorter writing assignments, such as journals or discussion posts, with emphasis on audience awareness; critical thinking and reading; thesis development; organization; and grammatical correctness. Readings from various disciplines provide writing models and material for analysis of ideas. Students also evaluate, incorporate, and document sources from print, Internet, and library databases to support their writing.

    Prerequisites: ENG 101 qualifying score on placement exam or *ENG 091 and ENG 096 with a grade of “C” or higher.

    QCC College Credits: 3

    MHS English Credits: 2

     

    ENG 102 Composition II

    In Composition II, students produce a minimum of four essays of carefully crafted prose. Student writers practice integrating and citing readings from academic disciplines, including literature; their research-based documented essays are expected to reflect the ethical standards of formal argument.

    Prerequisites: ENG 101

    QCC College Credits: 3

    MHS English Credits: 2

     

    PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

    In this survey course, the student becomes aware of and appreciates the various influences upon behavior. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, the nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, emotion, and personality. Through an investigation of these areas, within a multiplicity of cultural contexts, the student understands the diversity of the human condition.

    Prerequisites: ENG 101 qualifying score on placement exam or *ENG 091 and ENG 096 with a grade of “C” or higher.

    QCC College Credits: 3

    MHS History Credits: 2

     

    SOC 101 Introductory Sociology (Principles)

    This course introduces basic theories and vocabulary of sociology including its historical origins and research process. It examines the major principles that govern the structure and function of society, its institutions, groups, and processes. Students learn people in society decide to meet the social, psychological, economic and everyday needs of its members. The course emphasizes making connections between students’ personal lives and the social change occurring around them.

    Prerequisites: ENG 101 qualifying score on placement exam or *ENG 091 and ENG 096 with a grade of “C” or higher.

    QCC College Credits: 3

    MHS History Credits: 2

     

    *Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, all MHS 11th grade College Prep (CP) Composition and Communications courses will include curriculum aligned with the QCC ENG 091 and 096 final benchmark exams. Students that acquire a grade of “C” or higher on these benchmark exams will qualify to take ENG 101, PSY 101, and/or SOC 101 during senior year. Students that successfully complete ENG 101 during fall semester of senior year will qualify to take ENG 102 during spring semester.