Early college access available to ASD students
Written by Victoria Scialfa on January 11, 2021
Early college access available to Allentown School District students
By Genesis Ortega
January 11, 2020
The Allentown School District is expanding early college access for students through two new partnerships. The program offers an opportunity to earn college credit and get a jump start in higher education.
Sponsored by the National Education Equity Lab and starting in February, high school students who are accepted will be able to take free college courses through Howard, Yale and Lehigh universities, or the University of Connecticut.
“That does a few things: One, that takes away some of the courses that will be required when they do attend college. Two, having college course credit from an Ivy League university can only enhance the opportunities later in life,” says Thomas Parker, ASD’s superintendent.
“I understand that we need to be competitive in the market for education here in the Lehigh Valley. We’re going to create programs and improve our system so that we are the best option in the city of Allentown period,” Parker says.
And locally, the LEAD Summer Business Institute will offer high school students a mini college experience at Lehigh University they can live on campus for three weeks during the summer while taking business and finance courses at no cost.
The district says those interested should reach out to their guidance counselor for information.
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