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California schools celebrate ‘National Early College Awareness Week’ May 4–10

Posted: April 28, 2009 4:39 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 5:13 p.m.
 
Thousands of students, faculty and administrators throughout California will celebrate "Early College Awareness Week" May 4-10 by joining political and business leaders to promote the value of higher education for all students and to build bridges between young people and higher education, regardless of the challenges students may face.

Activities will be held at early college high school campuses in regions throughout California, including the Sacramento region, Silicon Valley, Bay Area and the San Diego area.

Sponsors include the Foundation for California Community Colleges (the official nonprofit organization serving the California Community College system), the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and Jobs for the Future.

Early college high schools are partnerships between small high schools and post-secondary institutions that give underrepresented youth previously at risk of not attending college the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and at least two years of college credit in five years or less at no cost.

Thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for California Community Colleges serves as an intermediary for 23 early college high school partnerships throughout California that educate more than 5,500 students.

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