Shifting Paradigms: Re-Imagining Student Success
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Melissa Bourque-Silva

Mount Wachusett Community College
Director, National Workforce Diversity Pipeline
Gardner, MA
Melissa has been working for MWCC’s Access and Transition Department for ten years; striving to obtain equity in higher education through grant work targeting low-income, first generation, and minority students (GEAR UP, CDEP, CACG, and NWDP). The NWDP/Project Healthcare program serves as a model for the Early College Designation program. Project Healthcare is an early college model based in three high schools in Fitchburg and Leominster with the objective to create a high school to college pipeline in order to increase the number of healthcare providers from underrepresented minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from this program will graduate from high school with anywhere from 3-26 college credits along the Allied Health certificate pathway, many completed pre-requisites for MWCC’s selective healthcare majors, transferable credits, and credentials for entry-level employment in the health care field (Examples: CNA, EMT).