High school students in Morris County now have an opportunity to do more than earn college credits, they can graduate with both their diploma and a college degree through an innovative program developed by the Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) and County College of Morris (CCM).
Known as The Academy for Business Administration Early College, the program allows qualified students, beginning in 9th grade, to take classes to both earn their diploma and an Associate of Science in Business Administration. The program, which began this fall, is now recruiting 8th graders for the fall 2023 high school semester. An information session will be held at Randolph High School on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. To register, go to https://bit.ly/MCVSDEarlyCollege.
“We are thrilled to offer a new early college program that provides a pathway for high school students to earn an associate degree in business administration and their high school diploma simultaneously,” said Shari Castelli, MCVSD assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “We have been working closely with County College of Morris to develop this opportunity and are grateful to have Randolph Township School District to help us in this endeavor. During the four-year early college business administration program, students earn 60 college credits and their associate degree.”
“This equates to a no-cost opportunity for high school students to earn a college degree,” added Patrick Enright, CCM senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Workforce Development and Student Success. “Students in the program also earn Microsoft Office and QuickBooks certifications and are well positioned to transfer to a four-year school should they wish to earn their bachelor’s degree.”
Along with gaining certifications, students learn Business Information Systems, Computerized Accounting, Business Principles, Marketing, Economics and Management.
During their freshmen and sophomore years, students attend Randolph High School. During their junior year, they split their time between Randolph High and CCM, and in their senior year they take all their classes at the college.
To learn more and to apply for the Early College program, email Gina DiDomenico, MCVSD Student Recruitment & Community Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article appeared in TAPintoMadison on Oct. 12, 2022.