Quincy College will offer college tuition to Weymouth High seniors


Weymouth High School seniors in the class of 2023 can get a taste of the college’s academic requirements by taking a math, science or criminology course at Quincy College.

College President Richard DeCristofaro said these dual enrollment courses will be offered at Weymouth High in September.

“The (course) credits are accepted at colleges and universities across the country,” he said. “We can’t wait to get it started at Weymouth.”

DeCristofaro said college staff will meet with students who want to take a course.

“We will review their transcripts and accept them,” he said. “We can have a seminar to acclimate them to a college-level course.”

Weymouth High associate principal Karen Monahan said students must have a C average or better to enroll in a university course.

“It’s an opportunity for our students to get college credit and exposure to a college course,” she said. “Our teachers teach the classes. It will happen during the day and will be part of the students’ schedule.”

DeCrostofaro said the cost for each course is $300 or $100 per credit.

“I don’t know why a manager or a superintendent wouldn’t be an advocate for this,” he said. “It’s affordable and students who get college credit don’t have to come to Quincy College. It’s a great program.”

Monahan said students who want to enroll in the dual enrollment program have until March 31 to apply.

“We promote that here in high school, along with cost savings,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for students.”

DeCristofaro said school administrators and guidance counselors have been “tremendously welcoming” to the new program.

Weymouth High principal Alan Strauss said university courses “open the door” for students who do not wish to enroll in the school’s advanced placement courses.

“They can take college courses and do academic work with their professors,” he said.

Double registration is a “brilliant idea”

Weymouth resident Caroline Kautsire, a 2006 graduate of Quincy College and an immigrant from Malawi, said the dual enrollment scheme was “a brilliant idea”.

“It will help high school students transition into college,” said Kautsire, an English teacher at Bunker Hill Community College and author of What Kind of Girl. “They will see themselves as fit for college. There is a etiquette for college that leads to successful learning. If high school students harness effective learning styles, this gradual process could give them confidence to succeed in college. ‘university.”

DeCristofaro said Quincy College launched the dual enrollment program at Quincy High and North Quincy high schools in September 2021.

“We started it for seniors but now we offer it to juniors,” he said.

Quincy College President Dr. Richard DeCristofaro Visited South Shore Tech in Hannover to Learn About Vocational Training Programs and to Celebrate the Success of the Dual Enrollment Program, Which Allows SST Students to Earn College Credit transferable at a reduced cost by enrolling in certain Quincy College courses while still in high school.  Left to right: DeCristofaro, Director of OHS Mark Aubrey, Professional Director Keith Boyle and Meghan Cassidy, Associate Vice President of Student Success and Partnerships at Quincy College.

The Dual Enrollment Program is available to seniors at Archbishop Williams High School, South Shore Regional Vocational Technical, Hanover High School, Whitman-Hanson High School, Greater Lowell High School and from Bais Yaakov High School in Boston.

A college will offer a bachelor’s degree in business management

Quincy College will launch a four-year business management program in September that awards bachelor’s degrees.

The college has offered two-year academic programs since its founding in 1956.

Continued:1956 to 2021: The History of Quincy College

DeCristofaro said Quincy College has begun offering “a cohort of business management courses” to students enrolled in a two-year associate’s degree program.

“We want to increase their knowledge,” he said.

Kautsire said a four-year business management program would be “a great way to prepare students for a specialist career.

“A four-degree program… will help them develop the specific skills and habits needed to earn a living in this field of study,” she said. “This will increase access to employment opportunities for students by connecting them to an ongoing network of colleagues, advisors, professors and mentors. Students will learn skills that will give them a competitive edge in the job market.

DeCristofaro said the college’s proximity to Weymouth, Braintree and Hingham would likely encourage some students to enroll in the new business management program.

“They can come here, take classes and improve their lives in many ways,” he said.

Kautsire said attending Quincy College helped minimize the “culture shock” she suffered when she arrived in Weymouth from Malawi in 2004.

“The folks at Quincy College were very helpful, especially when it came to navigating through the school and learning what was expected of me,” she said. “For an international student, the size of the school was perfect because it felt like everyone knew each other, and with an international student office, it was easy to get in touch with people who knew a lot on transitioning to a new American school when you just moved from overseas.”


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