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MCLA Offering College Classes to High School Students via Student Diplomacy Corps

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —MCLA’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education worked this summer with Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) to offer college classes to 101 high school students from 15 U.S. states and four different countries, including two from Berkshire County.


The program, which provides full scholarships for high school students, lets participants select from ten college credit courses, from Public Health to Sociology and Culture, Ecology, History, Literature, and Music. In addition to coursework, MCLA provided guest speakers, including current students, to connect with SDC students about the benefits of a liberal arts education. While all SDC courses were delivered online this summer, a future residential program is planned.


The Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) creates opportunities for high school students from underserved populations to access free summer programs that build college readiness and foster empathy. Learn more at


“The Student Diplomacy Corps has offered an outstanding program this summer that MCLA has been proud to support,” said Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Education Paul Petritis. “With a rigorous curriculum, outstanding faculty, and an international focus, SDC is a remarkable organization doing wonderful work, and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.”



About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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