Early College students working on homework at a table

National Early College Week celebrations begin

Georgia State University is one of over 280 early colleges nationwide that will bring together students, administrators, parents, community leaders and legislators to celebrate Early College High School Week, March 24-29, 2014.

As part of the week’s activities, 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 discuss career goals with Georgia State faculty and Atlanta-area professionals, make survival kits for the homeless and host a carnival at Woodson Primary School.

“This year’s celebration of Early College High School Week will not only pick up from where we left off last year, but it will also extend the reach of the Early College program into the community,” said Tene Harris Davis, associate director for Georgia State’s Early College program. “Our signature culminating activity will be a Spring Fling at Woodson Primary School, which we hope will further solidify our commitment to not only the students we serve within the Early College program at Georgia State, but also the larger metro community.”

Early college high schools are based on the concept that academic challenge—not 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.

There are more than 280 early college high schools spread out across 32 states, serving more than 80,000 students. At these schools, students can earn up to two years of college credit or an associate’s degree tuition free.

Early College students also benefit from meeting and working with College of Education & Human Development faculty and staff in their time on campus.

“The Early College Program here at Georgia State is unlike any other for one simple reason – we are a family,” said Theresa Godbold, media and programming specialist for the Early College program. “Our students build professional relationships with the deans, directors, graduate assistants, study coaches and professors here at Georgia State that truly make a difference.”

For more information about the Early College High School Initiative, visit www.earlycolleges.org.