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Giving all students a shot at college

Zak Long

At a time of year when students struggle to get back into the school routine, Pittsburg High junior Hayley Preston is hitting the books more confident in her studies and in her future than ever.

"It helped to make me a better student and to give me the idea of what the college life would be," said Preston. She was one of 250 Bay Area students to participate in Berkeley's Pre-College Academy (PCA), a six-week summer intensive for 10th- through 12th-graders from Bay Area public schools.

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  • Kris Giere

    Very cool video. Increased educational opportunity is very near to my heart. I hope that efforts like these can be sustained and provided for the students that need them most.

  • Center for Teaching Quality

    This video powerfully shows the impact of students being offered the opportunity for respectful, inspiring instruction. How can this model be replicated in other communities where students may not feel they have a path to higher education?