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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The HISD Board of Education will consider a proposal Thursday to create a partnership with Houston Community College.

The partnership would join both entities in opening two Middle College High Schools focused on serving students who are in danger of dropping out or have already dropped out.

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier sees the partnership as one that will offer perspective students a quality education, despite setbacks they face: “This is an excellent way to give our most at-risk students more opportunities to continue their studies in a challenging environment that prepares them to contribute to Houston’s strong economy,” HISD Superintendent Grier said in a statement. “By studying side-by-side with college students on a college campus, these high school students will begin to see themselves as college material for the first time, and that has real impact on their lives.”

“These two campuses would open in January 2014 with no more than 150 students each in grades nine to 12,” added HISD officials. “HISD would recruit students who have already dropped out or have been identified as being at-risk of dropping out. The campuses would be located at the Felix Fraga Academic HCC campus and the Gulfton HCC campus.”

Click here to view a full copy of the Board meeting agenda. “The board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99,” added HISD.

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