The primary goal of the program is to make college a viable reality for all students. To this end, Montgomery College has collaborated with Northwest High School to build a program of study that provides a rigorous, structured, and supportive academic program for all Northwest students.
(MC)2@NW prepares all Northwest High School students to earn a Maryland high school diploma and college credits towards a General Engineering A. S. degree from Montgomery College that is transferable to 4-year colleges within the University of System of Maryland. Students are supported through a progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to a college-like experience on the high school campus, and finally to full college coursework and experience on the college campus. During this transition, students are provided with dedicated college preparation including preparation for the ACCUPLACER, and dedicated Advanced Placement test support.
This program allows students to begin the transition from high school to college earlier than is traditional, providing students with a support system of friends, teachers, and counselors at Northwest.
Students completing the program can earn an Associate’s Degree from Montgomery College with up to 64 credits. For some, this may be the last step in their education, but for many it serves as a stepping stone, allowing them to continue on to a 4-year college or university with 2 years left to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.