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星期五, 12月 30, 2016

波士頓公校畢業生可免費升讀的社區學院增至3所

(Boston Orange)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)(30)日宣佈,波士頓市的免學費社區學院計畫擴增為3所了,包括新加入的麻州灣區社區學院(MassBay Community College),都可讓符合資格的波士頓公校畢業生最多3年,免費上學。
麻州灣區社區學院是一所有55年歷史,多個校園的學校,幫助學生做好轉學進4年制大專或大學,直接就業,或只是接受持續教育。
該校校長David Podell表示,在提供可負擔的上大學高品質通道上,該校有很長的歷史。
波士頓市另外兩所為波士頓公校畢業生提供免學費優惠的學校是邦克丘(Bunker Hill)社區學院,以及洛士百利(Roxbury)社區學院。麻州灣區社區學院的加入,將容許學生們在研修科目上有更多選擇,包括汽車科技,室內設計,市場行銷。
波士頓市長是去年春天推出這免學費社區學院計畫的,旨在幫助更多波士頓公校學生能夠上大學,完成學業。在計劃實施的第一學期,共有41名學生註冊。在這項目有更多人知道後,相信報名的人會更多。
免學費社區學院計畫是波士頓市長人力發展辦公室,和波士頓計畫發展局,鄰里就業信託委員會合作辦理的。

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF TUITION FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
With addition of MassBay, three options now available for BPS graduates

BOSTON - Friday, December 30, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Plan, which pays for up to three years of community college for eligible Boston Public School graduates, has expanded its participating schools to include MassBay Community College.

"I'm proud to announce the addition of MassBay to Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Plan. We're committed to increasing access to higher education and providing more pathways to economic stability for all of Boston's students," said Mayor Walsh. "Now, with an increase in location and program options, this plan opens more doors for young people to learn and develop the skills necessary to join Boston's talented workforce."

MassBay Community College is a multi-campus college with a 55-year history of preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities, direct entry into the workforce, and ongoing education.

"MassBay has a long tradition of providing affordable, high-quality pathways to top-notch bachelor degree programs and meaningful careers," said Dr. David Podell, president of MassBay Community College. "We are thrilled to partner with the city to increase college access and expand options for the Boston students who need it most."

The Tuition-Free Community College Plan had previously only enrolled eligible students attending Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and Roxbury Community College (RCC). The inclusion of MassBay Community College provides plan enrollees with greater choice of both location and academics. MassBay operates campuses in Wellesley, Framingham and Ashland.  MassBay also adds more available programs of study, such as automotive technology, interior design and marketing.

Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan last spring with the goal of helping more Boston students afford and complete college. In order to assist students in completing college, the plan matches all enrolled students with Success Boston coaches who can help them navigate the challenges of higher education. In its first semester, the Tuition-Free Community College Plan has enrolled 41 students, a number that is expected to rise as the plan's benefits become more widely known.

The Tuition-Free Community College Plan is funded by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD) part of the the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, a public charitable trust fed by linkage fees generated by large-scale commercial building projects in the city.

"Providing opportunities for Boston's residents to attend community college tuition-free is a direct benefit of Boston's building boom and strong economy," said Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency Brian Golden. "We know that there are profound benefits - economic and otherwise -  to the recipients of community college degrees throughout their lives. I am pleased we are able to use funds from the Neighborhood Jobs Trust to make positive investments that will have long lasting impacts in our community."  

To learn more about the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, or to apply, please visit: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/tuition-free-college