Keys to Degrees: Educating Two Generations Together

Putting a baccalaureate degree within reach for young single parents who seek a better life for themselves and for their children.

Endicott's Keys to Degrees program was created to make a difference in the lives of young people who become single parents before they have the opportunity to attend college. For nearly two decades, we have witnessed remarkable success stories as Keys graduates pursue enriching careers, go on to graduate school, and raise children who have an appreciation for the power of education. The Keys students attend college full-time and benefit from academic support as well as dedicated housing, supportive programming and case management, and child care assistance.

About Keys to Degrees

Keys to Degrees is designed for academically qualified single men and women, ages 18 to 24 at the time of their admission to the College, who are the parents of one child. Choosing from among the College's outstanding programs of study, young parents have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in an environment that supports their needs as well as the needs of their children. Program benefits include campus housing and the all of the academic and personal support services offered by the College.

Goals of the Program

The primary goals of Keys program are to provide the essential tools for students to:

  • earn baccalaureate degrees from Endicott College;
  • successfully balance academic, work, and family obligations;
  • become economically self-sufficient in their chosen fields of study;
  • be responsible and contributing members of the community; and
  • live and learn on campus with their children.

Student Benefits

Through participation in the program, student-parents will:

  • be eligible to graduate in four years;
  • live on campus year-round and attend classes during the academic year/summer;
  • participate in structured mentoring partnerships;
  • pursue internship opportunities related to their majors;
  • acquire knowledge, skills, and information about opportunities for further education and employment; and
  • actively attend academic, personal development, and other relevant workshops.