Middle College National Consortium Proud to Share in the Celebration of Successful Early College HS Initiative

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) is pleased to announce its participation in Early College HS Week, May 3-May-9, 2010 which celebrates the success of the Early College HS movement. Early College High Schools (ECHS) provide high school students with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduation.

Long Island City, NY (Vocus) May 4, 2010

Early College High School Week, May 3-May 9, 2010, promises to be an exciting celebration of the success of the Early College High School movement. Early College High Schools (ECHS) provide high school students with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduation. President Obama stated, “High schools shouldn’t just make sure students graduate…they should make sure students graduate ready for college, ready for a career, and ready for life”. Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) is proud to be part of the Early College High School Initiative, a consortium of schools working with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The nineteen Middle College National Consortium Early College HS partner schools (see attachment) serve a student population which is generally underserved in high schools and underrepresented on college campuses. The MCNC focuses on professional development and staff leadership, comprehensive academic, social and emotional student support, and high school-college collaboration.

Middle College National Consortium’s Student Leadership Initiative, April 28-May 1, which led up to Early College High School Week 2010, was held in Greenville, South Carolina. The topic, Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers, featured student-led and initiated research projects including: mini-documentaries, fundraising for Water for Life, an organization providing clean drinking water in Africa, a clean-up campaign for a local shoreline, and various projects on how to bring rivers back to life.

Middle College National Consortium’s network includes 19 Early College High Schools nationwide, enrolling 6,050 students. Students are 79% minority, with 53% qualifying for free or reduced lunch and have a school attendance rate of 95%. Its 2008-09 cohort of 9th to 12th graders had an average 2.75 college GPA, a 92% college course pass rate and has earned an average of 9.2 college credits. Upon graduating from HS 12th graders accumulated an average of 14 college credits.

MCNC Director and founder, Dr Cecilia Cunningham says, “We are proud to be part of the Early College Week 2010, which showcases the remarkable achievements of individual schools and their students. Hopefully it will act as a catalyst for the expansion of ECHSs in school districts across the country.”

The Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, high school and college, as a viable and necessary educational model. Its mission is to develop small schools in which high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an Associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.

To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements.

Contact information:
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://www.mcnc.us
718-361-1981
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us

 

Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers Is the Focus of the Middle College National Consortium’s Annual Student Leadership Initiative

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) proudly announces that students from across the country are putting the final touches on their projects for the Middle College National Consortium’s annual Student Leadership Initiative. MCNC has become a national leader in school reform by implementing a school design that bridges the high school and college experience for underserved youth, leading to increased access to, and success in, college. A data driven, practitioner network of 34 small Middle College and Early College high schools nationwide, MCNC provides high school students with the opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduating.

Long Island City, NY (Vocus) April 27, 2010

In anticipation of Early College Week and after months of preparation, the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) proudly announces that students from across the country are putting the final touches on their projects for MCNC’s annual Student Leadership Initiative. To be held from April 28 to May 1, the Student Leadership Initiative will focus on Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers. Greenville,  South Carolina’s partner Middle College High Schools, Greenville Technical Charter High School, Greer Middle College High School and Brashier Middle College Charter High School, in association with Greenville Technical College, are proud to be this year’s hosts.

Provocative projects on the subject include:

  • Fundraising to support Water of Life, an organization providing clean drinking water to countries of Africa
  • A mini-documentary outlining the impact of bodies of water, such as rivers, wetlands and tributaries, on our every-day living, as well as, community, social and cultural life
  • With the expected population growth in Denver, Colorado looming, a research study dealing with local efforts to conserve water
  • Research comparing two bodies of water in Brooklyn, one on the Superfund Clean-up list and the other a lake in Prospect Park, to demonstrate how it is possible to maintain clean water in an urban environment
  • Working with the Buffalo-Niagara River Keepers to clean up the shoreline of Cazenovia Creek to ensure clean drinking water from Lake Erie

Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, Founder and Director of the MCNC, states that “the value of the leadership initiative goes beyond merely bringing students together to develop leadership skills”. “It gives participants the opportunity to explore social, environmental and cultural issues”.  “They do this as they discover skills they never realized they had, demonstrate initiative and  develop critical thinking.”  “Students and teachers set high expectations for themselves and then strive to meet them. Entire schools often become involved in the projects, gaining research skills and eventually getting more involved in their communities.”
The Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, high school and college, as a viable and necessary educational model.  Its mission is to develop small schools in which high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an Associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.
To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements.
Contact information: Tony HoffmannMiddle College National Consortium http://mcnc.us    718-361-1981 thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us