Students from across Massachusetts met with top state lawmakers on Tuesday.
More than 130 high school students want lawmakers to fund more Advanced Placement courses because they say it could help to boost the state’s economy.
The Massachusetts College Board hosted it’s first AP Day at the State House on Tuesday. The event aimed to inform legislators on the importance of advanced placement classes and the value they add to the Commonwealth.
Students got the opportunity to share their personal experiences of taking AP classes, and they all said they now feel more prepared for college.
In AP courses students can earn college credits while still in high school. Those credits are mostly transferrable throughout the Massachusetts College System and give students an advantage when applying to schools of their choice.
“There’s just so much you have to do on your own in these advanced placement classes, and I think it helps me and prepares me for college and makes me not as scared because I kind of already know what’s coming,” said Jennifer Kania of Ludlow High School.
“My message for the kids today was congratulations, thank you for taking on the challenges early on in your life but when you go off to wherever you go for college bring it back home because it the talent that’s really fueling this economy in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
When students take AP classes in high school they tend to leave college with less debt and gain skills that could land them higher paying jobs.
The students urged lawmakers to fund more AP classes in Massachusetts, giving low-income students the same opportunity to succeed.