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Date: October 16, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College)

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State Universities, Community College, Public Schools Team Up to Boost Early College Opportunities for Montgomery County High School Students
University System of Maryland, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools Forge New Agreement to Expand Higher Education Partnerships with High Schools; Officials Will Sign Pact at High School Which Hosted First On-site College Institute Program

Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.

Thomas S. Wootton High School

2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Md.

University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan, Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jerry D. Weast will sign an agreement that will pave the way for the expansion of partnerships that will give students more opportunities for early exposure to college courses and college life.

Through the agreement, the University System of Maryland, Montgomery College, and MCPS will work cooperatively to increase the number of college-level programs and coursework available for MCPS students. Its goal is to provide all students capable of college-level work, including those students from traditionally underrepresented groups, with the opportunity to take courses while still in high school and to be exposed to college-level experiences. The increased communication that will result from the partnership should help ease the transition and matriculation of MCPS students to Montgomery College and state colleges and universities within the University System of Maryland, as well as to other higher education institutions.

The signing ceremony will take place at Wootton High School, one of four MCPS schools that currently hosts The College Institute program. The College Institute brings Montgomery College courses directly to high-achieving MCPS high school seniors. College professors teach their courses in the high schools, giving students the opportunity to earn college credits before leaving high school. Wootton was the first school to host the program, beginning in 2002. The College Institute program has since expanded to three other County high schools Gaithersburg, Kennedy and Seneca Valley and has served more than 1,100 students since its inception.

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