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SPEAK OUT: How Should Montgomery County Schools Promote College Success?

MCPS, Montgomery College and USG partner to support at-risk students in college quests.

Officials from the county’s public schools and colleges recently met to discuss how best to ensure success for at-risk students from kindergarten through college, The Gazette reported

About 50 members of the boards of Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove met for two hours at USG in Rockville Jan. 11, The Gazette reported. Officials discussed Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success, a partnership, announced in September, between MCPS, Montgomery College and USG. 

The goal of program is to identify student populations underrepresented in higher education—African-American, Hispanic and low-income students and those whose parents didn’t go to college—and offer “comprehensive interventions and support to help keep them on track for college enrollment,” and, ultimately, graduation, according to a news release announcing the partnership.

According to The Gazette, officials discussed:

  • Using data to track the progress of students in the program versus students who are not.
  • Designing curriculum designed to prepare students for college coursework and workforce demands.
  • Tapping the expertise of county businesses and residents, including retired mathematicians and scientists.

ACES will launch during the 2013-2014 school year at:

About 60 student from each schools will participate, “receiving mentoring and a personal electronic portfolio to guide their goals,” The Gazette reported.

Click here to read the full report in The Gazette.

SPEAK OUT: How should Montgomery County’s K-12 schools and the county’s institutions of higher education work together? What can schools do better to smooth the path to—and through—college for students? What role can USG and Montgomery College play? What role can county businesses and professionals play? Tell us in the comments.

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