Early Identification Program Receives State Honor

Posted: September 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP) has been named 1 of 11 recipients of the Governor’s Partnerships in Education Award (GPEA) for 2000. The GPEA recognizes Virginia’s best partnership practices designed to improve students’ academic achievements.

This year, the awards were given in five categories: the Virginia Award, the Community Action Award, the Technology Partnership Award, the Horizon Award, and the Local Partnership Award. EIP is one of six programs to receive the Local Partnership Award.

George Mason’s EIP “clearly demonstrates a strong community commitment toward helping students to gain the skills necessary to be successful in school, to lead fulfilling lives, and eventually to have successful careers and become active and responsible citizens,” says Ronald Hedlund, executive director of the Virginia Business-Education Partnership.

EIP and the other honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Richmond on Sept. 19. The ceremony will be a part of Gov. James Gilmore’s upcoming education conference titled “No Excuses, Closing the Achievement Gap.”

EIP is a pre-college intervention partnership initiated by George Mason to encourage, motivate, and assist capable but at-risk high school students to enroll in college. It is directed by Hortensia Cadenas.

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