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Schools, colleges to meet in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - More than 75 educators representing both schools and colleges will gather at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Jan. 22-23, signifying their commitment to one common goal: helping students who have been traditionally underserved by higher educator learn how to access college and be successful once they get there. The workshops sponsored by College for Every Student (CFES), based in Cornwall, Vt., will provide the opportunity for schools and colleges to create and strengthen partnerships that benefit low-income students from New York State, most from the Adirondack region.

CFES has helped launch more than 150 school-college partnerships over the last 18 years. During this month's meeting, participants will explore partnership strategies as they engage in panel discussions using the CFES core practices - mentoring, pathways to college and leadership through service-to better prepare students for college.

One panel - a discussion on rural-urban exchanges to strengthen college readiness - will include members from the Willsboro Central School. Willsboro student leaders will discuss an exchange they coordinated with students from Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem that took place during November.

Other panelists include Jay Stein, Provost at SUNY Plattsburgh, and Arlene Way, Associate for the K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs with the New York State Education Department.

Strategies will include exposing students to college campuses earlier, providing opportunities to meet peers of different ethnic and social backgrounds, and working with parents to help them prepare financially and emotionally for their child's transition to college.

With time set aside for networking and planning, participants will come away with specific partnership activities to implement.

"Unfortunately, too many students still don't believe that college can be a realistic part of their future. And for many who do enroll, succeeding on campus is difficult. CFES brings schools and colleges together to address these issues," said Rick Dalton, CFES president and CEO.

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. Since its founding in 1991, CFES has helped more than 100,000 underserved youth in 450 schools nationwide strengthen their academic performance, graduate from high school, and pursue college.

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