By Byron McCauley
"The high schools are among nine early college high schools initiated by KnowledgeWorks more than nine years ago. Schools in the Ohio Early College initiative were prototypes for the Fast Track early college model being deployed nationally by EDWorks, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.
"Early College High Schools’ dual-enrollment approach allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. More than 3,000 students have been served by the initiative since its inception. In 2012, Ohio’s early college students earned an average of 40 hours of college credit before graduating from high school. Nearly one-third of Ohio’s 2012 early college class earned associate degrees or two years of college credit by the time they graduated from high school."