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More than 100 North Alabama students taking on college rigor in program at UAH | By Crystal Bonvillian | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
on June 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM, updated June 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The University of Alabama in Huntsville is hosting more than 100 high school students this summer for a three-week enrichment program designed to help get them ready for the rigor of college.

The students from Huntsville, Madison, Madison County and Marshall County schools are participating in CollegeFirst, a joint venture of Impact Alabama and A+ College Ready. The program, the only one of its kind in the nation, is being sponsored by Wells Fargo and AmeriCorps.

[Click here to learn more about CollegeFirst.]

The goal of CollegeFirst is to prepare students for the difficulty of college-level Advanced Placement courses in English, math and science, according to a news release about the program.

And their teachers? Twenty-six college students from UAH and The University of Alabama.

The college students, guided by an AP instructor, will lead the high-schoolers through the three weeks of advanced math, biology, chemistry and literary curriculum.

"All high-school students deserve an opportunity to succeed in rigorous, college-level experiences," Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and president of Impact Alabama, said in the news release. "This initiative recruits successful college students to serve as mentors, helping increase the number of area high school students who will be ready not only to attend college, but to excel in college."

Almost 300 high school students from North Alabama, as well as Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, are participating in CollegeFirst statewide, the news release said. About 80 college students are serving as mentors.

The mentors are participating as part of a service-learning initiative sponsored by Impact Alabama, a nonprofit housed at the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.

The participating high school students were selected through A+ College Ready, a statewide initiative that works to increase AP success in math, science, and English. Participating students are enrolled in AP courses in an A+ College Ready program school.

Click here to learn more about A+ College Ready. To learn more about Impact Alabama, visit its website here.

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