Charlotte Forten Scholars Early College Program:

Named after Salem State University’s first African-American graduate, the Charlotte Forten Scholars Early College Program is dedicated to serving and providing FREE access to students to help them gain an early start on core college classes and explore career pathways.

As juniors, students are enrolled in a Salem State English and history course that is co-taught by Salem State professors and Salem High School teachers. During students’ senior year, they will take two classes in either a healthcare or business career pathway on the Salem State campus. Successful completion of these classes guarantees the students can graduate Salem High School with twelve college credits that are transferrable to ANY college programs while counting as high school credits towards graduation.

In addition, students work with LEAP for Education and the Northshore Workforce Investment Board during their junior year focusing on the college application process and job skills such as resume building and interviewing.


Dual-Enrollment provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college- level courses free of charge* and earn credit simultaneously toward high school completion and their future college degrees. The College Dual Enrollment Program CDEP eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience.

The ultimate goal of CDEP is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college ready. Student participation in CDEP is at the discretion of the participating institution of higher education, subject to capacity constraints and a state appropriation. Some institutions may charge a nominal admission fee (for example, $25), which may be waived.