The Early College Studies program is possible because of a number of partnerships between Stamford Public Schools, local organizations, and national corporations.
Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT is the institution providing, monitoring and awarding students with the associate’s degree in either Mobile Programming or Software Engineering. ECS is NCC’s second early college high school partnership in the state.
Stamford Public Education Foundation uses its deep connections in the community and history of community service to oversee the mentoring portion of the program. All students work with a workplace mentor during their freshman, sophomore and junior year of high school to hone the personal skills needed to be successful in a professional environment. Mentoring takes place once a month, on average, and during school hours with students visiting the local corporation providing volunteers.
The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program of Stamford is an organization run through the mayor’s office that helps make paid work experience in a corporate environment during high school a reality for many graduating seniors. It aims to provide students with a “real world” perspective before leaving for college. All students in ECS are provided a paid internship during the summer after their junior year of high school.
Beyond Limits Academic Program provides high-quality, non-school based academic support for students at an affordable cost. While available to all City of Stamford students throughout the year, Beyond Limits runs the ECS Summer Scholars Program for incoming freshmen students each August, so they start their freshmen year excited for high school.