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Ms. Gabrielle Cerami Central College Public Relations Representative 4707 Norwich Ave. College Park, M.D.

, 20740 Telephone: 908-463-1989 Email: gabriellecerami@yahoo.com For Immediate Release

CENTRAL COLLEGE CHOSEN FOR HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM (BALTIMORE MD, Sept. 24) Central College received the honor of joining an online education test study for high school students along with only four other universities in the country. The Maryland Educational Research Foundation elected Central College, along with Brown University, Boston College, Georgetown University and University of Southern California, to begin the program Early Support because of their advanced electronic education systems and credibility in certain fields of study.

Both the Maryland Educational Research Foundation and the Maryland Department of Education will fund this pilot program with 1.5 million dollars. Central Colleges area of interest for the program will be basic English and computer skills.

Early Support will be raising the bar for academics and admissions at Central College, and even allow for them to compete with Ivy-League Schools, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, I am extremely proud of what this school has accomplished for our city.

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MERF - Remedial Education Program, p. 2 of 2 Students in this program will be high school juniors and seniors who have not yet reached academic potential to flourish in a college setting. Early Support will offer them online courses graded at a high school level to assist in writing, reading, math and computer skills allowing them to succeed at a college level and increase graduation rates.

A group of high school and college counselors will choose students who will have the opportunity for Early Support at the end of their sophomore year, and Central College staff will run the on-line program. Students must attend interactive classrooms around Baltimore with the necessary equipment for the course. Central College promises admission and financial aid to all participants who complete the remedial education successfully, allowing for a wide range of Maryland residents to receive proper education and work for a brighter future.

We will be meeting next week to further discuss the details of the schools we will be working with and the course curriculum. I am ecstatic to see these high school students grow academically and help this university reach its full potential, Central College President Leon C. DeWitt said.

Central College is a liberal arts college founded in 1902 to offer quality education to over 4,500 students. As the first institution of higher education in Baltimore, Central College strives for growth in the community with new athletic departments, community service programs and multiple campus media opportunities. This school gives the opportunity for 2,000 other students to attend the campus annex in Frederick, Md., and participate in part-time, evening and weekend seminar programs. More

MERF - Remedial Education Program, p. 2 of 2 For more information about this new educational program please visit the Maryland Research Foundations homepage at www.MERF.org. Costs, enrollment information and testing requirements for Central College are listed on www.scholarstuff.com.

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