BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) – Idaho educators will be better prepared to help students prepare for college and careers after attending a conference in early September.

Educators across the state are invited to attend the two-day Advanced Opportunities Conference, an annual event sponsored by the State Department of Education, scheduled for Sept. 7-8 in Boise.

“These programs open doors for students, giving them a pathway for lifelong success,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.

Advanced Opportunities is a state program that allows high school students to dual enroll in foundational college classes, take overload courses, professional certification exams and college credit-bearing exams, with the state paying for the first $4,125 of the associated costs. Some students in the state who take full advantage of the program have earned associate degrees from college by the time they graduate from high school.

The conference will be held at the Boise State University Student Union Building, with Dr. Thomas Bailey and Patrick Briggs as keynote speakers.