A Governor Promotes “Runway to College”

LAWRENCE — Gov. Charlie Baker, his three top education officials and the presidents of two area colleges on Tuesday came to a city where only about one in 10 adults has a bachelor’s degree or more to announce a $2 million program – paid for with a private grant — to put at least 200 juniors and seniors on what Baker called “a runway to college.”

The 200 students began taking up to two classes at Merrimack College or Northern Essex Community College when the fall semester began in September, so the hour-long ceremony in the high school’s packed auditorium was intended to allow the high school to showcase the program to the sophomores who could enroll next year and to allow Baker to showcase it to the rest of the state.

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