Establishing Secondary and Post-Secondary Partnerships

Community colleges and high schools have a history of operating separately and independently of desired outcomes and objectives for mutual groups of students, high school graduates, and entering college freshmen.  Frequently, these institutions do not have strong partnerships because they are either not sure of the importance or not comfortable with the creation of partnerships for the benefit of the community college, of the high school, and of the local independent school district (ISD). However, the pendulum has shifted for educators from both entities which is evident because they are now paying greater attention to the importance of partnerships and the effects they may have on high school students who are exceptional admission candidates, on high school students who are enrolled in dual credit, and on high school students who opt to enroll in early colleges in lieu of traditional high schools. This session will focus on how to develop strong partnerships that will equally benefit the college and the ISD in relation to the advancement of student success through collaboration and cooperation while creating and developing forward thinking programs.


Charlotte Twardowski, Ed.D., Director of Educational Services and Partnerships, has worked in the field of education for over 25 years for Lone Star College-North Harris and with large comprehensive ISDs. Experience consists of multifaceted knowledge and skill with challenging and innovative programs that foster success for high school and college students. Texas Certification in Secondary Education, English, and history. Higher education degrees: from Lone Star College-North Harris – Associate of Arts and from Sam Houston State University – Bachelor of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Curriculum Supervision with emphasis on Leadership and English, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Community Colleges.