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Initiative Partners

The Early College High School Initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated by Jobs for the Future.  The Gates Foundation has chosen 13 intermediaries, including the Foundation for California Community Colleges, to implement the initiative.  In addition, as part of the Design Integration Initiative, the Foundation is working with other Gates-funded school intermediaries to integrate elements of early college high schools on their campuses.
National Partners
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the primary funder of the nationwide ECHS Initiative. Other funding partners include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Dell Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.
Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future is a nonprofit organization that creates strategies for educational and economic opportunity. It is the official coordinator of the nationwide ECHS Initiative and maintains the website and newsletter at
California Partners
California Community Colleges System Office
The System Office participates in the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s ECHS program. Representatives from the System Office are members of the Advisory Committee and Planning Group and have provided additional resources and assistance.
California Department of Education
The California Department of Education participates in the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s ECHS program. Department representatives serve on the Advisory Committee and Planning Group and have provided additional resources and assistance.
Other Intermediaries
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
The Pre-School–College (P–16) Department of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia serves as the intermediary for Georgia’s ECHS Initiative. Part of P–16’s mission is to align services between schools and colleges to maximize student success. 
Center for Native Education
The Center for Native Education is working with tribal and urban Indian communities, schools, and colleges to establish 18 early college high schools for Native-American youth, who have the nation’s lowest rates of college attendance and completion.
City University of New York
The Early College Initiative at the City University of New York, with the New York City Department of Education, is creating 10 early college schools in New York City. The system is committed to ensuring that graduating students are ready for college-level work.
Communities Foundation of Texas
The Communities Foundation of Texas’ Texas High School Project is a public-private initiative committed to increasing graduation and college enrollment rates by creating learning environments where students are challenged and excited.
Gateway to College
Gateway to College provides a meaningful second chance for academic success. Gateway to College serves youth, ages 16–20, who have dropped out of high school or are on the verge of dropping out.
KnowledgeWorks Foundation
KnowledgeWorks is Ohio's largest public education philanthropy. It provides funding and leadership for education initiatives that are focused on removing barriers to quality education. KnowledgeWorks is developing a network of 10 early college high schools.
Middle College National Consortium
Supported by the Pew Charitable Trust and the DeWitt Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, the consortium is committed to educational reform and fosters cooperation and disseminates information about the national Middle College High School network.
National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza is the nation's leading Hispanic advocacy organization.  NCLR will create 12 schools, which may focus on multiculturalism, arts and humanities, technological proficiency, and workforce preparation.
North Carolina New Schools Project 
The New Schools Project is an initiative of the Office of the Governor and the North Carolina Education Cabinet. The NCNSP and its partners are creating 70 early college high schools.  The early college high schools are under Governor Easley’s Learn and Earn ECHS initiative. 
SECME is a premier pre-college alliance.  At the heart of the comprehensive SECME model is the partnership of K–12 and higher education with employers and customers for cutting-edge technical talent. SECME has established two early college high schools.
Utah Partnership Foundation
The Utah Partnership Foundation is a collaboration among business, education, and government to strengthen the state's economy through education, training, and research. The foundation sponsors the New Century High Schools Initiative, which will create six high-tech magnet schools.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has dedicated its energy and resources to improving educational opportunities, supporting outstanding students, and enriching teacher development. The foundation will create 14 early college high schools.
School Partners
American Institutes for Research
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the intermediary between the Gates Foundation and the San Diego Unified School District.  The Foundation's Design Integration Initiative grant converted two AIR schools to early college high schools.
The Asia Society
The Asia Society, with support from the Gates Foundation, established the International Studies Schools Network, which creates learning environments in which students learn the skills necessary to succeed in a global community.  The Foundation has converted two of these schools into early college high schools.
Aspire Public Schools
The Gates Foundation has funded Aspire’s 18 charter schools in California, which focus on preparing each and every student for college. The Foundation sponsors one of Aspire’s early college high schools.
The Big Picture Company
The Big Picture Company operates high schools throughout the country that share the common goal of preparing students for the real world by providing individual attention and teaching students problem-solving and communication skills.  The Foundation converted one Big Picture school into an ECHS.
Envision Schools 
Envision Schools operates four small high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The innovative school design emphasizes project- and problem-based learning and builds strong teacher-student relationships.  The Foundation provided funding to convert one Envision school into an ECHS. 
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