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CSG Sponsors Early College Webinar

Improving access to postsecondary education for at-risk populations through a visionary model called early college high schools will be the focus of an upcoming webinar sponsored by The Council of State Governments. The webinar will take place 1 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
Thousands of young people from low-income families are gaining opportunities to obtain transferrable college credit while still in high school through an initiative known as early college high school. So far, 200 early college high schools are operating in 24 states, exposing students from populations under-represented in college to a postsecondary education.
More than 80 percent of students attending early college high school are racial minorities. Most are the first generation in their family to attend college. In many cases, early college high schools permit students to obtain an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma.
Panelists for the webinar will include:
Joel Vargas program manager for the Boston-based Early College High School Initiative;
Tony Habit president of the New Schools Project, which has partnered with North Carolina to create approximately 60 early college high schools in that state; and
Dr. Judy Hennessee principal of the Dayton (Ohio) Early College Academy.
These panelists will provide national, state and local perspectives of the potential of early college programs as well as policies needed to create and sustain such programs.
For more information about the webinar or to register, please contact Tim Weldon, education policy analyst, or (859) 244-8254.


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