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The Business-Higher Education Forum last month awarded its annual Anderson Medal for outstanding school partnerships to the Access 2000 Chicago partnership.

The Access 2000 partnership links the Chicago public schools with several corporations and higher-education institutions in an effort to increase the number of students from minority backgrounds who enter science, engineering, and mathematics professions.

A second place silver medal was awarded to Project 2000 in Kern County, Calif., which encourages average-performing students to engage in more rigorous college-preparatory classes.

The two winners and nine finalists were recognized at a Dec. 15 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award is named after Robert Anderson, the former chief executive officer of Rockwell International, who chaired the forum from 1982 to 1984.

Another school-business collaborative, Quality Connection, was honored recently by the American Vocational Association and the National Association of State Councils on Vocational Education.

Quality Connection, a youth-apprenticeship program based in Addison, Ill., was named the top partnership at the American Vocational Association's convention last month in St. Louis. A joint effort of the National Alliance of Business, Sears Product Services, and the Du Page Area Occupation Education System, the project links training programs for Sears repair technicians with academic instruction at a local vocational center.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its "Labels for Education'' program, the Campbell Soup Company has announced that it plans to publish a new booklet entitled "101 Things You Can Do To Help Education.''

The booklet, expected to be available in February, will offer suggestions on how parents, business officials, community leaders, and others can help improve American schools.

The publication will include advice from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Catholic Education Association.

In addition, celebrities such as the "Today'' show weatherman Willard Scott, the retired Chrysler Corporation chairman Lee Iacocca, the singer Dolly Parton, the Washington Post columnist Juan Williams, and the "MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour'' correspondent Judy Woodruff also contributed to the booklet.

For a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: "101 Things You Can Do To Help Education,'' P.O. Box 964, Bensalem, Pa. 19020.--M.S.

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