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

Eastern Promise in the News

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

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