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2008.02.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO, Council Bluffs Schools, IWCC Recognized with National Partnership Award

Omaha - The collaborative partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the Council Bluffs Community School District and Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) received national recognition from the College Board for excellence.

The College Board, a nonprofit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity, has presented the three groups with the 2008 College Board Partnership Award.

UNO received the award at the Midwest College Board Regional Forum earlier this month in Chicago.

To qualify, the partnership must include collaboration for at least two years across:
• High school, district or system;
• Two-year college, district or system; and
• Four-year college, university or system.

This Partnership Award recognizes the three groups’ efforts of preparing the junior/community college and high school student for college and/or a career.

UNO, IWCC and the Council Bluffs Community School District have worked together to invite elementary students to tour college campuses; provide Advanced Placement training for high school teachers; and provide library and technology access and support for students.

“This partnership offers students access, academic rigor and ongoing opportunities for success,” said Rosalie Saltzman, director of the UNO Honors Program and a member of the College Board Midwest Regional Council.

“The College Board recognized the outstanding partnership of UNO, Iowa Western Community College and the Council Bluffs school district to connect more students to college success and opportunity later in life,” said Kris Zavoli of College Board.

Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations and state agencies. Each year, the College Board serves over three and a half million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program (AP).

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