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Contact: Michael Mooney
Phone: 408-273-2766

Email: mmooney@nhu.edu
Release Date:01-27-09

(San Jose, CA) - Koret Foundation Awards $25,000 in Support of Middle college Program at National Hispanic University/Latino College Preparatory Academy

Creating a Middle College in East San Jose - A Blended Approach

The National Hispanic University (NHU) plans to offer eight college-level courses during the 2008-2009 academic year to students from our charter high school on campus, the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) and to students from other Eastside Union High School District (ESUHSD) schools.

NHU has a history of bridging the gap between high school and college. In 2000, the university ran a summer academy for over 50 ESUHSD students who lacked sufficient units to graduate. The students took college courses and earned high school credits and college units for each class. In 2001, NHU founded the LCPA on campus as an eight-year pipeline. Currently, there are approximately 60 LCPA alumni attending NHU. In 2004, the university offered two college-level courses (computer science and English) to LCPA seniors. In 2005, NHU offered two college courses (College Success and Chicano Studies) to students from the San Jose Unified school district. Currently, 42 LCPA students are taking one of three college classes open to high school students this semester (Chicano/Latino Literature, Freshman English, and Spanish for Spanish Speakers).

A middle college approach (also called early college or concurrent enrollment) offers qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to take college courses and earn both college and high school credits. Typically, a student earns 10 high school credits for every 3 units in college. High school students qualify for enrollment in middle college by taking the university placement exam, Acuplacer Placement Exam, which measures reading skills, writing skills, and math skills.

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An entrepreneurial spirit guides Koret in addressing societal challenges and strengthening Bay Area life. Investing in strategic, local solutions, we help to inspire a multiplier effect - encouraging collaborative funding and developing model initiatives.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Koret adds to the region's vitality by promoting educational opportunity, contributing to a diverse cultural landscape, and bolstering organizations that are innovative in their approaches to meeting community needs.
With our roots in the Jewish community, we embrace the community of Israel, especially through Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF); we believe that economic stability and free market expansion offer the best hope for a prosperous future.
At Koret, we understand our responsibility to make an impact - to honor the legacy of our founders, and to find long-lasting solutions that improve people's lives.

The National Hispanic University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been authorized to grant degrees since 1981. NHU offers degrees in Liberal Studies, Business, Mathematics and Science, and Computer Science, as well as teacher credentialing and certificates in Translation & Interpretation. For more information on NHU, please log onto www.nhu.edu.


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