Start Now. Finish Strong.

WPS High School Students Prepare for College and Career Success Through Free College Classes, Skill-Building Workshops, and Mentorship.

The Early College Worcester Program is a partnership of Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Public Schools, and Worcester State University


How Do I Benefit?



Save time - Earn High School and College Credit

 Earn 12 free college credits and Transfer credits to college

 College Prep Workshops and Bootcamp

All WPS high school students are eligible to apply 



Save money - It’s free

Your student can Take free college classes at WSU and QCC

Help your student succeed in college and career

Your child is more likely to enroll and persist in college


When are Early College courses offered?

Early College Courses are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions at Quinsigamond Community College and at Worcester State University. Early College courses are also offered at the Worcester High Schools during periods 6 and 7.


Interested in Early College?
It’s as Easy as 1-2-3


Step 1

Attend Parent/Student Info Session

Introduce - Attend a Parent/Student Information Session to gather information on activities, course pathways, fees, and opportunities 


Step 2

Decide on a Pathway

Decide - What readiness activities, credit courses, course pathways are you interested in participating in 


Step 3

Complete early College Application Form

Apply - Talk or meet with High School staff or QCC staff to get and complete an Early College Application 


Any student in a Worcester Public High School is eligible to take Early College Courses.

The Early College provides a wonderful opportunity for high school students to take college courses for free, earn college credits while in high school and accelerate college degree completion, fulfill requirements for high school while completing college credits and earn credit for courses that most often transfer to 2 and 4 year institutions through MassTransfer.