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December 8th, 2010
Community Action sponsors college prep academy


Community Action is sponsoring a college prep academy at the Goodnight ACC Center starting in January.

The purpose of the academy is to provide high school graduates and GED diploma holders with the academic instruction and college advising that will need to succeed in college. officials say. Although anyone with a high school diploma or GED can enroll in community college, many high school graduates and GED holders do not know that the first thing they will have to do is take a college placement test in reading, writing, and math.

Sixty percent of students who enroll in community college in the U.S. are placed into at least one non-credit developmental (remedial) education course and almost half of these students do not complete their developmental courses within one year. In addition, developmental classes cost the same amount of money as for credit college classes.

The Community Action college prep academy is designed to prepare students for college success so that they can spend their hard earned and/or financial aid money on courses that count for a college degree. The academy will be taught by individuals from the Texas State University college of education and the Community Action career counselor.

If you would like to learn more about the college prep academy, then please attend an information session. The sessions will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Action office, Suite 107 , 101 Uhland Road, San Marcos below the water tower. For additional information,  please contact Francesca Ramirez at 512-392-1161 ext. 313 or

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