Every high school student deserves an opportunity to get an early start on college

Creating Early College Experiences for Students in Eastern Oregon

Photo: StudentsWhen students have the opportunity to participate in college-level courses and earn credits or certificates while still in high school, it means real financial savings for families today.


Increase access to early college credit for high school students throughout the region.


Build a college/post-secondary going culture.


Why Early Access to College?

  • Future Savings on College Tuition Costs
  • Advanced Start on College Education
  • Higher Rate of College Graduation
  • Save Time, Effort & Money

More Oregon high school students achieving success with Eastern Promise

Contact: Dan Mielke | Executive Director, Eastern Promise
Phone: 541-962-3399 | E-mail: dmielke@eou.edu

March 2, 2015

LA GRANDE, Ore. - New data on high school graduation, attendance and college enrollment rates in eastern Oregon points to positive early results of a unique dual credit expansion program. Offered through Eastern Promise, the program enables students to earn college credits at a reduced tuition rate through courses taught by eligible teachers in their schools.

Eastern Promise in the News

Eastern Promise Draws Scholarship Winners

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BOARDMAN, Ore. – Trained volunteers assisted 25 percent of all seniors from Riverside High School (Boardman) and Irrigon High School in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form during a Scholarship and FAFSA Fair Jan. 3 at Riverside. In addition, three lucky students’ names were drawn for a $500 scholarship, while several others won gift certificates to local businesses Sinclair, Domino’s and Little Caesar’s.

Eastern Promise to Host Scholarship and FAFSA Fairs

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The Eastern Promise will host three college scholarship and FAFSA fairs for six local school districts in January.

During the fairs, high school students will have an opportunity to receive help with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, 9th-11th graders can make their plans to earn college credits in high school with a trained volunteer. Eastern Promise college credits cost $10 a credit.

OUR VIEW: Eastern program promising

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News of declining enrollment at Eastern Oregon University is alarming not just for the school but for the community to which it is inextricably bound.

EOU makes La Grande a more vibrant community and a regional center. Arguably, the college is the heartbeat of La Grande.

Eastern Promise news reaching neighbors to the south

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News of the success of the Eastern Promise program has now spread outside of Oregon! This article was featured on the SF Gate website, the web portal for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in San Francisco, Calif.

Click here to read the article!

Eastern Promise Gives Students a Head Start

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Three years into the Academic Momentum program, Eastern Promise officials say 3,550 students are participating in the program across the region, from Wallowa County to Gilliam County.

Academic Momentum is part of Eastern Oregon University’s Eastern Promise program, which aims to increase access to college and postsecondary education in the region. A large part of the program works to offer college credit to high school students, but the Academic Momentum portion of the program is directed toward younger students in elementary and middle school.

Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee Hears from EP Leaders

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The Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee (HAC) has focused much of its attention this year on the issue of education and this week’s meeting continued that trend with presentations by Blue Mountain Community College as well as the Eastern Promise.

Record Number of Students, Schools gaining Academic Momentum

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LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Preparing younger students for higher education is becoming more of a focus for elementary schools in 20 area districts thanks to a program called Academic Momentum. New data shows an estimated 3,550 students and 150 educators from 42 schools are participating this year from Gilliam to Wallowa counties.

“We’re in practically every school district in eastern Oregon,” said Dan Mielke, executive director of Eastern Promise, the parent organization for Academic Momentum.

Eastern Promise results getting notice from state

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*This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14, 2014, edition of the East Oregonian and was written by reporter Jade McDowell. It can also be found at www.eastoregonian.com.

The governor mentioned it twice in a recent debate. The state’s chief education officer called it the best model in Oregon. Now the state is giving out grants for replicating it.

What is it about Eastern Promise that makes it the darling of education reform in Oregon?

Eastern Promise director Dan Mielke has some ideas.

First, he said, the program is unusual in the way it functions as a true partnership between two community colleges, 33 school districts, an education service district and a state university.

Eastern Promise unveils new website

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The Eastern Promise program has a new website: www.eastern-promise.org.

The new site has its own domain name, rather than being connected to the Eastern Oregon University website as it has been since its inception in 2012. The new site better encompasses the collaboration between the Eastern Promise partners: Eastern Oregon University, InterMountain Education Service District, Blue Mountain Community College, Treasure Valley Community College, Malheur Education Service District and 33 high schools in Oregon.

Eastern Promise is creating a college culture

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Years ago, a high school diploma was your ticket to a decent blue-collar job that paid well enough to support a family. A associate degree from a community college gave you even more options, and a bachelor’s degree put you on the road to prosperity.

Now, a high school diploma or GED certificate doesn’t open many doors. An associate degree is the bare minimum requirement for many family-wage jobs. Those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees have many more opportunities available to them.

The Eastern Promise program recognizes this new reality.

Conference emphasizes college and career readiness skills

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LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Educators interested in learning more about Eastern Promise and the 10-Year Career and Education Plan are invited to attend a free conference at EOU on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Eastern Promise information meeting in Baker City

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BAKER CITY, Ore. - Students, parents and teachers are invited to learn more about college credit opportunities during an Eastern Promise information session May 22.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Baker High School library.

Eastern Promise is a program with the intent of providing greater opportunities for high school students to earn college credits, even an associate’s degree, while still in high school.

Eastern Promise to hold regional info meetings

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Eastern Promise will host four regional meetings to provide high school students
and their parents with more information about the program throughout April.

Governor to show support for Eastern Promise during visit to EOU A

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LA GRANDE – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will show his support of Eastern Promise, a new program designed to help high school students earn college credit, during a visit to Eastern Oregon University Wednesday, April 4.

Kitzhaber will meet with Eastern Promise Executive Director Dan Mielke and Executive Committee members EOU President Bob Davies, InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) Superintendent Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Blue Mountain Community College President John Turner, and Treasure Valley Community College President Dana Young.

Eastern Promise program for high school college credit kicks off

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LA GRANDE, ORE. - A unique program that will expand the ways high school students can earn college credit - and possibly even graduate high school with an associate’s degree - kicks off on Nov. 4 at Eastern Oregon University.

Eastern Promise | One University Boulevard | La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: 541.962.3941 | Fax: 541.962.3036 | Email: ep@eou.edu

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