WHO ARE WE?

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Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO, Inc.) is a statewide network of service sites that provides education and career advising to over 14,000 individuals each year.  MassEdCO’s mission is to assist individuals in identifying a potential career path and the education programs that will lead to that career, and help them enroll in, pay for and succeed in the appropriate education program.

Economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals are the focus of our services, which are provided free of charge. Funding for MassEdCO comes from the federal and state education departments, as well as private foundation and corporate sources.

Our New Name

This 40-year-old organization is celebrating the beginning of its fifth decade of service in Massachusetts.  We have acknowledged this milestone by adopting a new name which more accurately reflects what we do! Formerly known as the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc., our new name, Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO, Inc.), was officially launched on June 1, 2013.

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OUR MISSION & VISION

MassEdCO provides access to educational and career opportunities that empower people from diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential.

Educational Opportunity for All

Empowerment, Opportunity, Diversity, Commitment

MassEdCO’s services are delivered via a partnership model. While we are a Worcester-based organization, we partner with local organizations in our target areas across the state to deliver MassEdCO services. Both youth (as early as 7th grade) in target schools and adults in our target communities are served.

MassEdCO’s services are offered from “Boston to the Berkshires.” Target areas include Boston, Lynn, New Bedford, Wareham, Worcester, Southbridge, Lowell, Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Pittsfield.

OUR PRIMARY FOCUSES

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HOW WE INVEST IN OUR GIRLS

The CollegeAccess program is a service designed to help students and parents understand the education/training options after high school that will help them start a career and a GREAT future

CollegeAccess can help you:

Graduate from high school and be college ready
Learn your options for education beyond high school, whether it’s a 6-month training program or a 4-year college or university
Navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes at the schools you choose
Learn how to prepare for college, how to pay for it, and how to succeed in it!

All services are FREE!

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In partnership with the Worcester Public Schools, local colleges and universities and concerned leaders from the business community, CSI Worcester serves students who are in the “academic middle” and who may not necessarily aspire to college, but who show strong academic potential. The CSI Worcester program brings these students onto a local campus for two afternoons a week during their junior and senior years of high school and pairs them with corporate and college mentors to give them a better understanding of the college experience, as well as help them learn about opportunities beyond college for a successful career in today’s global economy.

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Educational Talent Search (ETS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs designed to serve youth who have the potential to succeed in college but who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. MassEdCO, Inc. operates ETS in three cities: Worcester, New Bedford and Springfield. More than 800 students in grades 6 through 12 are served every year, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that they graduate from high school and successfully enroll in a postsecondary program appropriate to their interests and abilities. In most cases, these students are the first in their families to go to college. In many cases they are the first to graduate from high school. The ETS college placement rate is typically about 93 percent.Learn More
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded project of MassEdCO and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. This national initiative encourages young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and take the right courses to go to college. GEAR UP Massachusetts operates in targeted middle and high schools in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester.Learn More