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Building the supply of student-centered education settings, which expand and personalize learning opportunities, requires a redesign of what happens in and out of school. Also needed are partnerships among schools systems, higher education institutions, community-based organizations, and employers to develop effective pathways for students to college and careers.

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Norwalk Early College Academy

A true public-private partnership, Connecticut’s first Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a collaborative effort with the State of Connecticut, IBM, Norwalk Public Schools and Norwalk Community College. P-TECH students take core courses in English, science, mathematics, and the arts. In addition, students work toward an associate degree in applied science.

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The Carver Center

Norwalk’s largest provider of free after-school programs, conducted in the Carver Community Center and in Norwalk’s four middle and two high schools, the Carver Center expands learning opportunities for thousands of children. A community hub since 1938, Carver also offers college scholarship funds, multiple summer learning programs, parent training, health and wellness programming, and college tours.

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