The STEM Early College Expansion Partnership (SECEP) emphasizes STEM education and is led by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Our partners are Jobs for the Future, the Middle College National Consortium, four independent school districts in Michigan, and the Bridgeport Public Schools.

Bridgeport Public Schools

Bridgeport Public Schools has partnered with Jobs for the Future (JFF), the National Center for Restructuring Schools, Education and Teaching (NCREST) and Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), through a United States Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant to redesign the high schools into STEM Early Colleges. The high schools involved are Bassick, Central and Harding. Each school will develop career and postsecondary STEM pathways that will prepare students to be college and career ready.  


Brownsville Independent School District

Brownsville Independent School District is a school development partner with JFF to scale the ECHS design to serve half the district’s secondary students. During a five-year period, the partnership will result in the scaling up of ECHS designs to include 10 secondary schools in Brownsville ISD; and positioning ECHS designs for sustainability and establishing the district as an exemplar for further scale-up within the region, statewide, and nationally.


Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools is a school development partner with JFF to provide extensive design and professional development support to scale early college to 2 schools in each of the district’s 5 regional networks, providing the foundation for further expansion within each regional network. During a five-year period, the partnership will: scale up ECHS designs through DPS’ five-network regional structure that covers the entire city. Each network will create at least two early college schools, and together will reach about a third of all secondary school students in the city; and build capacity within the central office, among the instructional superintendents and coaches in each of the five networks, and at each of the early college schools, to sustain the design and expand it beyond the grant to other secondary schools within DPS’s five regional networks.


Educate Texas

A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas is an innovative public-private partnership focused on a common goal: Improving the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce, and in life. Educate Texas has been nationally recognized for tapping into a bold and collaborative approach for creating transformational change for Texas students.


Michigan Public Schools

Selected Michigan Public Schools are partnered with Jobs for the Future (JFF), the National Center for Restructuring Schools, Education and Teaching (NCREST) and Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), through a USDOE Investing in Innovation Grant to redesign schools into STEM Early Colleges. Eleven intermediate school districts will work with intermediate school district with leaders in the Washtenaw, Genesee, Lapeer, and Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School Districts to redesign the high schools so that every student has the possibility of earning 12 free college credits that prepares them for a STEM field of work.


Pharr-San Juan-Alamo

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District is a school development partner with JFF to extend early college to its remaining secondary schools and establish an ECHS demonstration site as a platform for future expansion. During a five-year period, the partnership will result in scaling up ECHS designs to include all secondary schools; and positioning ECHS designs for sustainability and establishing the district as an exemplar for further scale-up within the region, statewide, and nationally.


The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST)

The STEM Early College Expansion Partnership (SECEP) led by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University, in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), and school districts in Connecticut and Michigan – proposes to improve and expand STEM education in the partner districts by increasing access to dual enrollment courses and high-quality professional development for teachers and school leadership in STEM subjects.