SOUTHEASTERN SENIORS RECEIVE ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

SOUTHEASTERN SENIORS RECEIVE ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

Southeastern Regional is proud to announce that ten members of the Class of 2021 will receive an Associate of Science degree, a high school diploma, and a vocational certificate by the end of June. In addition to a rigorous course of academic and vocational study, students also participated in externships and/or received multiple industry recognized credentials in their career programs of study.

Southeastern seniors Stefany Depina (Legal & Protective Services—Brockton), Nalissa Fernandes (Medical Assisting—Brockton), Vanessa Garcia (Marketing & Entrepreneurship—Brockton), Ariana Goncalves (Cosmetology—Brockton), Jahdee Lamaree (Nurse Assisting—Brockton),  Marcos Martins (Legal & Protective Services—Brockton),  Daniva Teixeira (Nurse Assisting—Brockton), Elexziah Velez (Legal & Protective Services—Brockton), Riley Sparks (Natural Life Sciences—Norton) and Domenic Worster (Marketing & Entrepreneurship—Easton), have all made their mark on Southeastern history by being the first students to earn this achievement.

Early College High School is a program that allows students to take college courses while still in high school earning credit for both high school and college. The school has 49 juniors currently on track to earn an Associate’s degree next June and another 100 underclassmen students that just embarked on their first set of college courses.

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

Senior Riley Sparks remarked this allowed him the opportunity to be able to afford going to the University of Vermont and to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. “This is something I may not have been able to do without this opportunity. I feel better prepared, less nervous, and more confident now that I have had an opportunity to be a college student while in high school,” he said.

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

Danivia Teixeira said, “Early College gave me a chance to better understand what college life is like. I am more prepared to enter a four year college. I am continuing my degree in nursing at UMASS Boston, and this will only take me two more years to accomplish.“

Christina Alves, Massasoit’s Associate Dean of Early College said, “By providing wraparound support, academic guidance and personal coaching via the Gateway to College program, the partnership between Massasoit Community College and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School highlights the potential to increase access to college and student success while decreasing the cost of college and time to degree completion.”

For more information on Early College High School, email mtracia@sersd.org

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton and West Bridgewater.