For Immediate Release
DALLAS – A summit at Brookhaven College brought together educations leaders Jan. 11-12, both for K-12 and higher education, from around the state of Texas met to discuss a shared mission. The “Bound 4 College” program brought together drew representatives from educational institutions which that have received funding through the Texas High School Project, THSP, to discuss challenges, strategies, tools and techniques for operating an Early College High Schools.
With only 20 early college high schools in Texas, their unique programs provide curricula for students to achieve two years of college credit at the same time they are earning a high school diploma within four to five years of entering ninth grade. The project is aimed at boosting graduation rates and increasing the number of Texas high school students prepared for success at colleges and universities.
Approximately 75 leaders from schools, districts, colleges and universities involved with ECHSs convened for “Bound 4 College.” Breakout sessions included discussions on about budgeting, networking, communication and program evaluation. Topics included improving student outcomes, assisting new grantees in designing and developing their ECHS programs and to building networks across systems and throughout the state. The two-day event was summed up with a panel presentation from Brookhaven College leaders and Adriana Gomez, principal of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District's ECHS at Brookhaven College.
“Having the Early College High School at Brookhaven College is one way for our college and our district to affect change in our community,” Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president of Brookhaven College, told the education partners at the conference. “This program can shows youth and their families that higher education is an option. As parents and students begin to see that opportunities exist, but we also must find ways to motivate and inspire students to continue to higher degrees and continued success, so that higher education is the rule, not an exception, for young people who previously did not dare to dream so large.”
Early college high schools – all partnerships between school districts and community colleges or universities – exist throughout Texas, and an additional eight were recently funded and added to the program.
The Texas High School Project, THSP, is a $261 million public-private initiative committed to increasing graduation and college enrollment rates in every Texas community. THSP partners include the Office of the Governor, the Texas Education Agency, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Wallace Foundation and others
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