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Beacon Pathways

Beacon Pathways (Beacon), Wentworth's Early College Pathways Program, is an innovative educational partnership between the City of Boston and Wentworth to introduce the college experience to high school students. The goal is to increase attendance, retention, and graduation rates of Boston youth by showing them that they can succeed in college and beyond. 

The program is intended to close the opportunity gap—in education and work—for Boston public high school juniors and seniors, motivating them to pursue STEM degrees and careers. Beacon Pathways is also meant to provide local computer science and construction management corporations with the trained workers they seek to match up with employment demands around Boston. 

Beacon is free for participants, with Wentworth, foundations and corporate sponsors funding the initiative. Participating students take classes on Wentworth’s campus, simultaneously meeting some high school graduation requirements and earning college credits through hands-on coursework. 

Beacon: Principles

  • Designated Academic Pathways

    Authentic, comprehensive & immersive pathways; focused on college completion & career success.

  • High-Impact Partnerships

    Long-term, multi-faceted partnerships between all entities through transparent and open collaboration.

  • Holistic Student Support

    Ongoing & intentional academic, social emotional, and financial support; internal & external support & advisory network.

  • Career-Focused

    Connections to local industries & the economy through experiential learning.

  • Equitable Access

    Equitable access for all learners, focusing specifically on historically exclude populations.

Beacon: Partner High Schools

Wentworth is committed to collaborating with our local high schools and Boston Public Schools to revolutionize education delivery and provide equitable opportunities for underserved youth. Below are our current Early College and Career Pathways partners who are essential to our work.

  • Dearborn STEM Academy

    Dearborn STEM Academy (Dearborn) students graduate with the 21st century skills required for college and career success, prepared to serve as thoughtful, engaged citizens, who contribute to the health, vibrancy and development of their community. In collaboration with Dearborn, Wentworth is building an Early College and Innovation Pathway models in Computer Science and Engineering.

    The partnership received Early College Designation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2021. The partnership is currently completing its first year of designation.

  • Fenway High School

    Fenway High School (Fenway) aims to create a socially committed and morally responsible community of learners that values its students as individuals. Fenway’s goal is to encourage academic excellence and to develop intellectual habits of mind, self-esteem, and leadership skills among all students. In collaboration with Fenway, Wentworth is building an Early College and Innovation Pathway model called Entrepreneurship for Good with a focus on socially responsible creativity.

    The partnership received Early College Designation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2022. The partnership is currently planning the implementation of designation for Year 1.

  • New Mission High School

    New Mission High School (NMHS) students graduate with the 21st century skills required for college and career success, prepared to serve as thoughtful, engaged citizens, who contribute to the health, vibrancy and development of their community. In collaboration with NMHS, Wentworth is building an Early College model in Computer Science and Engineering.

    The partnership received Early College Designation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2022. The partnership is currently planning the implementation of designation for Year 1.

     

Interested in learning more about Beacon Pathways? Please contact Becky Drossman, Associate Director of College Access & Success.