down Go Back to Impact Stories STEM Early College Expansion Partnership In partnership with At a Glance We're expanding a proven model for improving high school students' success by bringing STEM college courses into the high school classroom. Capabilities Scale Areas of Work Ensuring Equity in Advancement Meeting Employer Needs Topics Youth People of Color Students English Language Learners Policy/Government K12 Postsecondary Career Pathways Equity Dual Enrollment/Early College State/local Policy Federal Policy Poverty Program Design STEM Student Supports Manufacturing Experts Involved Joel Vargas Vice President, Education Caesar Mickens Jr. Director Status In progress Locations CT MI Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email JFF is leading the development of STEM-focused early college programs in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as a partner in a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching at Columbia University that is reaching 22,000 high school students in Bridgeport and several districts in Michigan. JFF’s work in the STEM Early College Expansion Partnership (SECEP) involves: providing technical assistance to implement new curriculum and instructional practices that bring STEM postsecondary courses into the high school classroom; creating professional development tracks and coaching opportunities that increase Early College teachers’ STEM content expertise and their abilities to communicate higher-level STEM knowledge to high school students; and forming partnerships between local colleges and school districts to engage STEM higher education faculty in the process of creating secondary courses that meet postsecondary accreditation standards. To support the new STEM early college high schools, JFF is also assisting with the establishment of a community of practice that facilitates virtual and in-person knowledge sharing within and across the school districts and has developed a dissemination strategy to share best practices, tools, and policy frameworks that support STEM early college high school expansion nationwide. Publications Report/Research Differentiated Dual Enrollment and Other Collegiate Experiences The evidence speaks for itself: when high school students participate in college-credit-bearing coursework, they are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, and earn a degree. Report/Research Building Early College Pathways to STEM Careers Most students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, come from low-income families, a group that has struggled historically to complete high school and enter college. But through early college pathways, they have a greater chance of success.