KALC students part of program that gives high school students a head start in college

When Matt Jablonski graduated from Wellesley High School last spring, he left with a high school diploma and associate’s degree from nearby MassBay Community College.

Jablonski took part in the state’s dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to take college classes at state community college or university campuses — often at a free or reduced cost. Students receive high school and college credit at the same time. During his last two years of high school, Jablonski earned enough credits to start what should be his freshman year of college as a junior. Now attending the University of Washington, the 18-year-old said the experience gave him a taste of college and helped prepare him for the next phase of his life. “You have more freedom in college so I had to assume more responsibilities and develop time management and study skills that helped make me fully prepared for all aspects of college,’’ Jablonski said.

Melany Ogando, a junior who attends KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, is taking a psychology course at Salem State this fall. When she first walked in to the classroom, she realized just how different it was from high school.

“There are a lot of thing going on that I didn’t know about,’’ she said. “There are a lot of rules – there’s a certain dress code, you can’t eat in the class, you have to take certain notes. You can’t just show up. Now I know what to expect, I won’t sit there confused.’’  Read Boston Globe article here