A program implemented by Georgia College & State University, two Georgia school districts, and the Oconee Regional Educational Service Agency to provide lower-achieving students the support and resources they need to succeed in high school and successfully apply to college. GCEC is also supported by the national Early College High School Initiative, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program selects among the lower-achieving student population based on a lottery. Students attend an Early College school, with the possibility of earning a high school degree and up to 60 hours of college credit within six years. Seventh graders begin the program by attending a summer academy on campus designed to create a college-going culture. Throughout middle school and high school, the program focuses on small learning groups, mentoring, peer support, after-school tutoring, and exposure to college professors and students.