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Educators from High Schools, Post-Secondary Schools Together Take Steps to Ensure More Students are Ready for College (05/30/2013)

WHAT: About 230 educators, counselors and administrators from area high schools (including Rochester City School District, East Rochester Union Free School District, and Rush-Henrietta Central School District), Monroe Community College and four-year institutions (including St. John Fisher College, SUNY Geneseo, and The College at Brockport) will convene to identify and share best practices in preparing students for college as part of MCC’s College Readiness: Bridging the Transition symposium.

The symposium aims to close student achievement gaps and strengthen collaborations across educational systems in the area.

WHERE: Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 31; best time for interviews is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DETAILS: Keynote speaker Evelyn Hiatt, with the Oregon-based Education Policy Improvement Center, will present current national research on college readiness. She will discuss Common Core standards and four keys to producing high school graduates ready for college-level work.

Attendees will participate in facilitated discipline-specific conversations and in-depth “college knowledge” dialogues.

The MCC event coincides with pending legislation in Congress that would encourage high school students to take advantage of early college programs, including dual enrollment. The Fast Track to College bill would authorize six-year grants to support new or existing early college high schools or other dual- and concurrent-enrollment programs targeting lower-income students.

About 10 percent of high school students nationwide take at least one college course, and 47 percent of public two-year colleges participate in an early college/dual-enrollment program, according to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

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