Education focus of forum

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 5, 2004

The Selma City School System will host a town hall forum today at Wallace Community College Selma’s Earl Goodwin Theater to discuss a new program that will change the way some students learn.

At 1:45 p.m. and at 5 p.m., school officials will be explaining the details of the new Selma Early College High School program.

The program, developed by a math and science education alliance known at SECME, offers disadvantaged students a chance to earn two years of college credit by the time they graduate from high school.

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Selma City Schools is partnering with WCCS, Alabama State University and Tuskegee University to create the program’s curriculum. Students will enter the Selma Early College High School program beginning in the ninth-grade.

According to school officials, the program consists of small class sizes that demand high quality work.

It is designed to make college more affordable students and help the transition from high school to college.

The Selma Early College High School will mainly focus on fields in science and technology.

According to Superintendent Dr. James Carter, by the time students graduate from Selma High, they could be considered college juniors.

“It is important that the community at large be involved in the planning and support of this important and innovative educational project,” Carter said in a statement.

The town hall forum will give parents and others in the community a chance to ask questions and learn how their child can become a party of the Selma Early College High School program.