by Ward Mullens, Published April 16, 2009
YPSILANTI —The Early College Alliance (ECA), a collaboration between Eastern Michigan University, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and four local school districts, has received a $300,000 grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees as part of Pfizer’s $1 million gift to the community.
“This money will be used to help leverage public and private resources to provide more students more post-secondary opportunities,” said David Dugger, director of ECA.
The ECA integrates high school and early college curriculum, and provides personalized support to students in a way that allows them to complete high school with considerable college work finished and paid for.
The new funding will allow ECA to expand its program to serve more students and to introduce a new curriculum strand focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (the STEM fields). This grant also will help support a restructuring of Ypsilanti High School’s curriculum to provide a successful track for Ypsilanti students to enter the ECA.
ECA currently serves 155 students, many from families without a history of college completion, on Eastern Michigan’s campus. Ypsilanti, Lincoln, Milan and Whitmore Lake are school districts that are partners in ECA.
The grant represents the final allocation of the $1 million gift Pfizer entrusted to the AAACF in January 2008 to give back to the Ann Arbor area community.
For more information, go to www.earlycollegealliance.org