Photograph of Jessica Ashe

By Mary Ventura

In collaboration with Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), the Bourne Public School District offers the Early College Experience Program (ECEP) to high school juniors and seniors. This program gives Bourne High School students the ability to earn both a diploma and an associate’s degree at the time of their high school graduation.

“I chose the ECEP program because I wanted a new educational challenge,” says Taylor Vahey, an ECEP high school senior who is graduating this spring.

Applicants are required to be Massachusetts residents at least 16 years of age and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of applying. Applicants must also have passed the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

Students must complete an application process which contains academic information as well as essay components.

Accepted students are provided a guidance counselor on campus who support the ECEP students not only in scheduling and registering for classes, but also in planning and pushing these students to achieve their goals following their two years at 4Cs.

ECEP students have equal access to resources on campus as alongside full-time students enrolled at 4Cs.

As of spring 2019, there are 22 ECEP students enrolled at 4Cs. Four seniors will be graduating this spring and the remaining 18 juniors graduating in the spring of 2020. ECEP students currently enrolled at 4Cs have found great success in being part of Bourne’s program.

“I think the Early College Experience Program is an excellent option for students who are ready to take the next step in their life. It gives students the chance to explore different college courses before choosing their major,” said Jess Ashe, a first-year student in the program.

Bourne High School provides this program to students who feel ready to challenge themselves with a head start on their college journey.