First Cohort Completes NSCC’s MALES Program

first MALES completion class 2018

l-r: Michele Cubelli Harris, Kevin Figueroa Bonilla, Maleek Byrd, Edwin Barrios, Alejandro Recillas, Vannak Hem, Samuel Kayode, President Pat Gentile, Sean Dam, Terence Culbreath Goodrum, Mobolaji “Ril” Fanimokun (back row) Brian Francisco, Julio Mateo, Jr., Vice President Jermaine Williams


Following completion of a free new initiative at North Shore Community College (NSCC) this summer, 14 incoming NSCC students are now better prepared for college success.

The students were the first cohort to complete NSCC’s new Men as Leaders Empowered to Strive (MALES) program. The goal of the MALES program is to increase college access, enrollment, retention and success for low-income males and males of color, particularly young, low-income Latino and African American men residing in Lynn, MA 01902, so that their prospects for success in college and career are more attainable.

The MALES program supports a strategic state initiative, 100 Males to College, created in 2015.

During the six-week program, students explored what it means to be a minority male in college; identified the importance of a college education and the support services specific to their needs; improved their math and computer skills and learned the importance of financial literacy.

According to Michele Cubelli Harris, Senior Special Programs Coordinator, “Of the nine students who retook the math placement instrument at the conclusion of the experience, eight placed at least one level higher. This helps students earn their degree sooner. Approximately 93% of the participants transitioned to NSCC for Fall 2018. This represents a much higher conversion rate, when compared to students who did not participate in the program.”

Harris noted, “At the culminating event, it was evident by the smiles and words of wisdom imparted by the students that they were thrilled about their educational success.  We are equally excited about scaling up this program, and making it available to even more students this fall and spring.”

A new session of the free MALES program is scheduled to begin in September 2018.  For information on eligibility or more information on the program, contact Michele Cubelli Harris, Senior Special Programs Coordinator at


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