An Associate’s Degree in High School: Thomas College Announces Agreement with Maranacook High School

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

WATERVILLE, January 2016 – Thomas College and Maranacook High School in Readfield, Maine are pleased to announce the Pathways Program, an innovative and collaborative pathway to an Associate in Arts degree at Thomas College. The Pathways Program will allow students to pursue their Associate’s degree at Thomas while completing their high school diploma at Maranacook.

“We know that early college options work for students,” said Thomas College Provost Thomas Edwards. “Pathways provides a great way to increase college access while decreasing college costs. Once we remove the boundaries of how and where students can complete college-level work, the possibilities are endless. We are very excited about this partnership.”

The goals of the program are to encourage college aspirations among Maine high school students, provide a pathway toward college credit and college completion and provide an opportunity to significantly cut the costs of obtaining a college degree.

“This program gets students interested in college early and keeps them interested,” said Maranacook Principal Dwayne Conway. “What an incredible opportunity for high school students to be exposed to college-level rigor while being supported by their high school guidance counselors, academic counselor, advisor, teachers, dean, principal and families.”

“This program is a win for my students, but also a win for Thomas College,” said Conway. “This is a program that saves Maranacook families thousands in tuition costs, while exposing these students to some of the innovative efforts at Thomas College.”

The program consists of Thomas College courses delivered on campus in a one-week intensive format in the summer, online courses delivered by Thomas College faculty to Maranacook students and Dual Enrollment courses delivered at Maranacook by instructors who meet Thomas College requirements for appointment as adjunct instructors.

The design will allow highly motivated students over the span of two years to complete up to the 60 credits required for an Associate’s degree while simultaneously meeting Maine state requirements for their high school diploma – at no charge to the student.

To qualify for acceptance into the Pathways program, students must be juniors or seniors with a high school GPA of 3.0, demonstrated capacity for college work and recommendation of the high school guidance counselor. Interested students can learn more or apply online.

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