At Westfield High School’s Step-Up Day for Westfield Promise, students who will be entering the early college program were invited to hear the experiences of students who had been in it before them, and congratulate the seniors who will be graduating with college credits under their belt.

Westfield Promise is a dual-enrollment program in which Westfield State University faculty co-teach to high school juniors what is known as a “stretch year” course, with the high school faculty. The program provides high school students, many of whom would be first-generation college students, with an early exposure to university-level study. In their senior year, students take classes on the WSU campus, earning them college credits.