Erika Giampietro and Destiny Egbuta on the Massachusetts Early College Promise

Key Points

  • This is not an initiative that’s being pushed on anyone. Instead, this is a pull. Communities and students want this.

  • Early college is a wedge. It’s a wedge in the door of education change. It makes the whole system better, not just those students who are participating in the program.

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Erika Giampietro, Executive Director at the Massachusetts Alliance for Early College. Erika recently led a design team as a part of the Accelerate ED initiative, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Accelerate ED is built on the idea that high schools can provide early access to quality higher education in ways that incorporate work-connected learning and have long-term benefits for students. This initiative helps state-based groups plan and build accelerated pathways between K-12 education, postsecondary education, and careers. 

We’re also joined by Destiny Egbuta a student at Salem State University.

When I think about my future, I see myself in a job I feel confident in — as a nurse, anesthetist and possibly a future pursuing medical school and a family and doing something where I can get back to the education system. A big part of being able to do that is having a college degree, which I am so happy I got the opportunity to get started with the early college program.

Destiny Egbuta


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