The Educational Pipeline Initiatives Office (EPIO) educates, enhances, and provides essential pathways that support, as well as foster, Buffalo State’s commitment to social responsibility and civic engagement. For nearly two decades, EPIO has engaged in K–12, college, and community partnerships under its creation as the former Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE).
EPIO encompasses three units: Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE); Community Academic Center (CAC); and the Middle Early College High School Program (MECHS).
Founded under the leadership of former Buffalo State President Muriel A. Howard, CEURE has been responsible for 45 initiatives and partnered with over 200 public, private, and charter schools. Over the past two years, through its current after-school programming, CEURE has provided over 214 days of after-school programming which supported over 280 students with 2,080 hours of ELA instruction, 1,350 hours of math instruction, and 2,220 hours of physical fitness activities, providing 10,800 hours of employment for Buffalo State College students.
The CAC provides educational programing through partnerships with community organizations and incorporate Buffalo State College students. The programming includes Buffalo Beginnings, Citizenship and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Since opening in 2011, the CAC engaged more than 3,330 Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff to support over 12,300 youth and adults on Buffalo’s West Side.
Each year, over 170 Buffalo Public High School students from MECHS successfully complete courses at Buffalo State College for which they receive both high school and college credit. Since the inception of the MECHS program in 2014, 38 MECHS graduates matriculated to BSC, 32 continue to persist. Eight students graduated in 2019, and eight MECHS graduates applied and were offered admission into Buffalo State College for Fall 2019.
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