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CEHD celebrates National Early College Week 2017

Georgia State University is one of more than 280 early colleges nationwide that will bring together students, administrators, parents, community leaders and legislators to celebrate National Early College High School Week this spring.

Early college high schools are based on the concept that academic challenge rather than remediation will improve both high school and college graduation rates among those young people who are least likely to attend college and for whom society often has low aspirations for academic achievement. At participating universities, students can earn up to two years of college credit or an associate’s degree tuition free.

Students in the Early College program at Georgia State, housed in the College of Education & Human Development’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, will spend the week of March 20-25 creating “survival kits” to distribute to the homeless community, discussing Early College with Georgia State students in the university library plaza, offering important health information at Woodson Elementary School’s annual community carnival and inviting Early College alumni to speak with students currently in the program.

This year also marks Early College’s 10th year on campus. In that time, more than 550 students have earned college credit and more than 90 percent of students who participated in the program have continued on to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“This year’s celebration speaks to the importance and significance of the Early College program at Georgia State University. For 10 years, the program has been offering its surrounding community an opportunity to be introduced to college in a supportive environment that has proven to increase the number of underrepresented groups in college,” said Tene Davis, director of Georgia State’s Early College program. “This week’s events will celebrate all that is good about the Early College program and we are excited about the next 10 years of Early College at Georgia State.”

For more information about Georgia State’s Early College program, visit http://crim.education.gsu.edu/programs/georgia-state-university-early-college-program.