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The schools will provide the students with a four-year program that includes Saturday and summer courses, field trips and university visits, and guidance in choosing a college and seeking financial assistance.

In addition, special seminars and workshops, student-exchange programs, and hands-on teaching experiences will supplement the students' college programs, says Miriam Cruz, president of Equity Research, a consulting firm working closely with the program.

"If, for example, students wanted to become bilingual, they could study in Puerto Rico for a year,'' she says.

Cruz says the program is based on a similar project for promising young minority scientists operated by the Ana G. Mendez Educational Foundation. The foundation also operates the two Puerto Rico schools involved in the program for minority teachers.

She says the postsecondary schools will develop the program over the next year. They expect to begin recruiting high school students by 1991.

--Debra Viadero, Education Week

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