SWHS Class of 1961 invited to take part in follow-up study

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Members of the Southwest High School Class of 1961 are invited to take part in a follow-up study for Project Talent. Class members originally participated in a Project Talent study 50 years ago as high school seniors.

"The Project Talent generation is very important in the history of the country," said Sabine Horner, Project Talent director of outreach and communications. "They came of age during an era of great upheaval, and they transformed the United States as we knew it.

"Project Talent is an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences in a meaningful way that can benefit future generations," said Horner.

In 1960, 400,000 students took part in Project Talent, a study that recorded the aptitudes, abilities, hopes and expectations of high school students across the United States. The study was conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the United States Office of Education.

AIR has planned a follow-up study to gather information from the same group of individuals, including members of the Southwest High School Class of 1961.

Large studies that follow people from adolescence to retirement allow researchers to make connections between early life experiences and later life outcomes.

Information gathered through the follow-up study will help researchers and policy makers understand how family and educational background impact the life course. The information will also help researchers learn why certain people stay healthier and happier and are more able to enjoy their later life.

Members of the Southwest High School Class of 1961 are invited to contact AIR to register for the study. AIR is also seeking information on upcoming 50th reunion celebrations.

For more information, call 1-866-770-6077, email projecttalent50@air.org or visit the Project Talent website at www.projecttalent.org.

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