Durham to host early college conference
Several hundred educators and policy experts from across the county and from as far as Japan are coming to the Triangle next week to attend a national conference on early college high schools.
The conference will be Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 29-30 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP.
Conference participants will explore the policies and practices required to consistently graduate all learners, especially first-generation college goers.
The conference is sponsored by Jobs for the Future, an organization that works with its partners to design and drive adoption of education and career pathways that lead to college and career readiness and by North Carolina New Schools, a public-private partnership that works to ensure North Carolina students graduate high school ready for college, careers and life.
Stanley Litow, IBM's vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, will be a keynote speaker for the event.
Litow helped devise an early college in New York City known as P-TECH, which engages companies, colleges, communities and schools to connect students to jobs.
Other speakers will include Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Marlene Seltzer, president of Jobs for the Future; and Tony Habit, president of NC New Schools.
There are 250 early colleges nationwide that blend high school and college and allow students to earn significant college credit – tuition free – while gaining a high school diploma.
North Carolina is home to nearly 80 early colleges, the most of any state.
Durham has two early colleges, the J.D. Clement Early College High School at N.C. Central University and the Middle College Early High School at Durham Technical Community College.