Early College High School
What is Early College High School?
The Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI) was established in 2002 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Over the past two decades, Early College programs have expanded rapidly nationwide with research indicating that student outcomes within this innovative model are consistently positive.
The ECHS model also understands the intersecting factors driving education and the economy:
- Traditionally underserved student populations constitute a growing proportion of the US school population
- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that through 2024, 11 of the 15 (73%) occupations with the highest projected growth will require a college degree, and six (40%) will require a workforce credential
By understanding the needs of the local workforce, ECHS programs expose students to a variety of careers in demand in your community. By promoting career pathways, educators can begin to close the gap between education and employers.
The ECHS model responds to these factors, with its priority being college and career readiness for student populations historically marginalized in college and high-growth careers.