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Pittsburgh, PA -- How can high schools in Pennsylvania make their students more college- and career-ready? Members of the Governor’s Commission on College and Career Success are tackling these important issues, and La Roche College is playing a vital role in the commission’s efforts. On Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17, La Roche hosted a working session for representatives of higher education institutions across western Pennsylvania. Their input will help the 24-member commission compile its final report to Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell.

“This working session at La Roche was one of three held across the state,” said Lori Shorr, special assistant to Gerald Zahorchak, secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “We are looking to capture the knowledge and understanding that college professors have acquired about the level of preparation necessary for a college freshman. We need to know what students need to know to avoid remedial work in math and English once they begin attending college.”

Shorr said the ultimate goal is to make the high school diploma in Pennsylvania even more meaningful. Once the commission reviews input from the working sessions, it will prepare a list of recommendations for Governor Ed Rendell. The governor is expecting the recommendations to be delivered to him in December of this year.

“We are pleased with the leadership role that La Roche has taken in this initiative,” said Shorr, who highlighted the contributions of Linda Jordan Platt, Ph.D., professor of English at La Roche College. Platt is a member of one of the commission’s working groups.

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