Associate degrees

Southeast Seniors Earn Associate’s Degrees, High School Diplomas

Southeastern Regional recently announced that 10 members of the Class of 2021 will receive an Associate of Science, High School Diploma and Professional Certificate by the end of June.

In addition to an academic and professional curriculum, students also participated in internships and/or received several industry-recognized degrees in their career study programs.

Southeast Elders Stefany Depina, Legal and Protective Services, Brockton; Nalissa Fernandes, Medical Assistant, Brockton; Vanessa Garcia, marketing and entrepreneurship, Brockton; Ariana Goncalves, cosmetology, Brockton; Jahdee Lamaree, Nursing Assistant, Brockton; Marcos Martins, Legal and Protective Services, Brockton; Daniva Teixeira, Nursing Assistant, Brockton; Elexziah Velez, Legal and Protective Services, Brockton; Riley Sparks, natural life sciences, Norton; and Domenic Worster, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Easton, are the first students to achieve this distinction.

Early College High School is a program that allows students to take college courses while still in high school and earn high school and college credits. The school has 49 juniors currently on track to graduate with an associate degree in June 2021 and another 100 undergrads who have just embarked on their first set of college courses.

“We are extremely proud of our Early College High School students,” said Principal Leslie Weckesser. “They rose to this challenge, throughout a pandemic, nonetheless and didn’t miss a beat to challenge themselves. Southeastern has always been committed to providing options for all of our students. This accomplishment proves that our graduates can pursue a college education, a career, or both.”

Senior Riley Sparks said it allowed her to be able to afford to go to the University of Vermont and earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

“It’s something I might not have been able to do without this opportunity,” Sparks said. “I feel more prepared, less nervous and more confident now that I had the opportunity to be a student in high school.”

“I am very proud of the ambition and accomplishments of the students in our Early College program,” said Michele Tracia, Early College High School Program Coordinator. “This first college opportunity is a valuable bridge to college for many students. Our ten Associate Science graduates are the first to cross this bridge – true pioneers of the program. It is an honor to work with each of our ECHS students as they pursue success in their academic and professional careers. The students are truly amazing.”

“Early College gave me the chance to better understand what college life is like,” said Danivia Teixeira. “I’m more prepared to get into a four-year college. I am pursuing my nursing education at UMass Boston, and it will only take me two more years.

“By providing holistic support, academic counseling and personal coaching through the Gateway to College program, the partnership between Massasoit Community College and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School highlights the potential to increase college access and student success while reducing the cost of college and time to graduation,” said Christina Alves, Associate Dean of Early College Massasoit.

For more information on Early College High School, email [email protected]