KCPS Early College Academy Students Celebrate New School Year


Early College Academy (ECA) kicked off another school year on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley with a first day visit from KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell and MCC – Penn Valley President Tyjaun A. Lee.

Both Dr. Bedell and Lee took time to welcome ECA students to a new year on campus along with encouraging words for the road ahead.

“You have a great opportunity with the ECA program,” Dr. Bedell said addressing the students. “We expect you to take full advantage to go out and do great things, not only earning your diploma and degree, but also exceeding the accomplishments of the previous class.”

ECA is a partnership between KCPS and MCC – Penn Valley for highly motivated KCPS high school students ready to leave the high school environment and participate in the rigor of full-time college. ECA students earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend full-time classes on the Penn Valley college campus.

The ultimate goal of ECA is for KCPS students to graduate with both their high school diploma and an Associate’s degree. With the first two years paid for by KCPS and many ECA students earning scholarships from their next universities, graduates can then finish their Bachelor’s degree with minimal out-of-pocket cost.

ECA’s class of 2017 included 46 graduates receiving over $16 million in merit scholarships.

Visit the ECA website to learn more about the program. To see more photos from the first day, visit the KCPS Flickr site.