Weekly Feature

2010-11-24 / Local News

Amherst High, Daemen unite to acclimate students to college courses

Daemen College and Amherst Central High School have formed an educational partnership focused on integrating students into college at an early age.

The College Connect Program, which began this semester at Daemen, targets academically qualified juniors and seniors to enroll in a credit bearing college program.

High School Principal Gregory Pigeon said the program allows students to get a head start on success in higher education.

“This program works to create a climate that increases the likelihood that students will not only attend college, but more critically, that they will remain there to complete their degree and graduate,” he said.

The program would place emphasis upon recruitment of individuals from traditionally underserved populations, as well as those with a history of steady but average academic performance.

“We believe, and research has shown, that students must be prepared academically, financially and socially for success in education beyond high school,” said Edwin Clausen, Daemen president for academic affairs. “One of the things we’ve learned in working to improve students’ preparation for college can be summed up in four words: the earlier the better.”

He said the program seeks to benefit all segments of Amherst Central students.

Clausen said other purposes of the College Connect Program include increasing high school graduation rates and readiness for college as well as offering students more opportunities to explore careers.

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