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  • Education | Bridge Program
Links Program
Program activities:

Program Description: Links is a program designed for students who have attended an Adult Learning Center, completed their HiSET, GED, or have a high school diploma, and are looking to transition to college. We offer developmental and credit-bearing college classes along with intentional academic support and advising that leads to persistence through Certificate programs or Associate degrees.

Program Benefits:
– Academic and career guidance
– Courses in Math and English that prepare you for college level classes
– Courses that earn college credit
– Small class sizes
– Individual and group support throughout the semester
– Access to college services and programs

Program Design: Program cohort classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters (start and end dates prescribed by the college. Students take the courses needed for their program of study plus First Year Experience/Digital Literacy which is required by the Links Program. Classes are offered during the day, generally Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays in a Hybrid format.

Typical course offerings:
– IDS101/121: First Year Experience/Digital Literacy (2 credits)
– IDS106: Career Explorations (1 credit)
– ENG092: Reading, Writing, and Reasoning (6 developmental credits)
– ENG101/109: English Composition I/Reading (6 credits)
– MAT001: Ramp Up Math (3 developmental credits)
– MAT177/007: Statistics/Skill Development (3 credits + 1 developmental credit)
– PSY101: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
– BIO131: General Biology (4 credits) – offered based on demand


Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Adults starting their college journey after attending an Adult Learning Center or having had a break between high school and college. Potential student must have or be completing their GED/HiSET/or diploma.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 10
Program duration: 15 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 2
Program start dates: Fall (September) and Spring (January) semesters
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9am-2:30pmFirst Year Experience/Digital Literacy/Career Explor
9am-2:30pmEnglish Composition/Critical Thinking
9am-2:30pmPrep for College Math
Other Schedule Information: Scheduled time will be based on classes taken. Fall offerings: Intro to Psychology, Statistics, Bridge to College English (if needed) Spring offerings: English Comp/Critical Thinking, General Biology, Prep for College Math (if needed), Career Explorations Both semesters: First Year Experience/Digital Literacy for new students All course registrations are determined after a placement assessment and in Advising sessions. Students only take the courses required for their Program of Study. The Links Program does not offer courses over the summer but does help students register for courses and will help pay for them if possible.
Is the program offered remotely? Hybrid
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

Middlesex Community College - Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA Bedford campus is accessible by public transportation in conjunction with MCC shuttles.
Middlesex Community College - Lowell Campus, 33 Kearney Sq, Lowell, MALowell campus is accessible by public transportation.
Additional information about location:

There is also a free MCC shuttle that runs hourly between the two campus.

Program requirements: High school diploma/GED/HiSET, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: Associate Degree or Certificate
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s)

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Tuition and fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Karen Spengler
Telephone: 781-280-3654
Program code: MCC-IH-EDUC-BC
ABAWD Qualifying? No