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Principal of Bard High School Early College Queens to Meet With President Obama

Valeri J. Thomson to Participate in White House College Opportunity Summit

Mark Primoff

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Thursday, December 4th, Valeri J. Thomson, Principal of Bard High School Early College Queens, located in Long Island City, NY, will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The Summit will bring together individuals from colleges and universities, business leaders and others who are committed to supporting college opportunities for diverse students across the country.

This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to provide new opportunities for young adults to attend college, and to support colleges to work together to dramatically increase college completion, especially for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.

Bard High School Early College Queens, part of Bard’s network of early colleges, is a four-year public school that provides students with a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. The network of Bard Early Colleges, with locations in Manhattan, NY; Queens, NY; Newark, NJ; Cleveland, OH; New Orleans, LA; and the Harlem Children’s Zone, NY, allows students to earn up to 60 college credits and a Bard College associate’s degree, tuition-free, along with a high school diploma. These schools have had great success in helping students access, afford, and complete college. For more information, visit

Bard College is a highly selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences with a 150-year history of academic excellence. The college has a mission to increase access to the liberal arts. In addition to the Bard Early College network, which serves over 1,800 students, Bard runs the Bard Prison Initiative, one of the largest prison education programs in the country, and offers the Clemente Course in the Humanities to low-income adults learners. Bard also runs dual-degree campuses abroad in countries with limited access to liberal education, such as Russia, the West Bank, and Kyrgyzstan. Bard is grateful to be part of the White House’s efforts to bring national attention to the issues of college access and completion and to work in coalition to improve outcomes for our country’s youth and future leaders.

For more information on how to cover the Summit, please contact

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December 1, 2014

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This event was last updated on 12-03-2014