Designated programs should incorporate sufficient wraparound services to promote academic success and completion, taking into consideration the needs of diverse populations of students.
Early college should be designed not as a boutique program, but should reflect a holistic program design in contemplation of the lived experience of the target student population. Specifically, programs are encouraged to develop student support in consideration of the whole student, in contemplation of student development broadly, development of academic proficiency and support related to barriers faced both externally and with regard to academic course taking.
For academic support, the curriculum should include a system of student support through teacher contact, tutoring, study groups, review sessions, homework guidance, summer sessions, learning labs, skill development classes, staged course sequencing, and peer-based student support groups.
For career and academic counseling, the student support system should include career and academic counseling, college planning sessions, college application and funding workshops, linkage with business mentors including workplace experiences, academic development tracking and review, and increased exposure to post-secondary institutions and processes.
In all of these support systems, parent participation should be encouraged.
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