Inner city schools give students a chance to be college bound thanks to remedial education

May 14, 2016 02:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

High school students who may not have necessarily been looking to further their education are now ready to attend college 

Central College's new remedial education program, Early Support, seems to be proving itself successful since at the end of just one year, seniors at high schools across Pennsylvania, including Roosevelt High School, Lincoln High School and Bridgewater High School, have increase their average SAT scores by more than 200 points over their previous scores. 

News Facts 
  • Central College was one of only five institutions chosen to participate in early Support's 4-year pilot study.
  • Early Support, provides high school students with the tools and skills they need to be prepared for college after high school graduation.
  • Central College paired up with high schools in the Pittsburgh area and its own English, Communication and Computer Departments to provide students with knowledge in English and technology.
  • Early Support program will positively impact the community by raising high school graduation rates and freshmen acceptance rates to Central College. 
  • High school seniors who complete the program qualify for financial aid scholarships and acceptance into Central College for Fall 2016. 


"The Early Support Program is exactly what we need in the state of Pennsylvania. It benefits both the students and the participating schools, and I eagerly to see the outstanding results this program will bring." -Leon C. DeWitt, Ph.D, president of Central College 

"Central College was chosen to participate in this study because of their demonstrated capabilities in electronic learning and expertise in one or more subject areas." - J.D. Philips, Pennsylvania Education Research Director

"It's nice to get a taste of different courses than what I take here in high school and to be surrounded by people who want to help me learn and succeed in my education." - Tyler Jackson, senior of Roosevelt High School and participant in Early Support. 


Roosevelt High School senior, McKayla Johnson, takes responsibility to communicate regularly online with her professor and complete assignments as part of the Early Support program, in Pittsburgh Public Library, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Central College Photo/Susan Briggs) 

Early Support Program Director, Joanne Robinson, announces Central College's partnership with local high schools to help prepare students for college, Friday, May 13, 2016. (Central College Photo/Susan Briggs) 

Interview Contact

 President of Central College is available for interview regarding Early Support 

Leon C. Dewitt, Ph.D. 

212-400-9800, ext. 2 

For more information, contact:  

Dana DiCarlo 

Director of Public Relations 





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