President Obama will highlight the Say Yes to Education Program during his speech at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday.
The White House confirms the President will tout the city's program as a national model.
White House officials also say U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will accompany the President on his bus trip from Buffalo to Syracuse.
The President will begin his day in Buffalo, speaking at the University at Buffalo about making college more affordable for the middle class. The President will then arrive in Syracuse around 5 p.m. to continue the message at Henninger High School. The President is expected to stay in Auburn overnight and then continue on to Binghamton University on Friday morning. He will then head to Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Vice President Joe Biden will join the President for that event.
Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit collaboration that began in 2008. It promises free college tuition to any Syracuse School District graduate who meets residency, graduation and admission requirements into one of nearly 100 public and private schools. The Say Yes Program includes extended day and year programs, tutoring, mentoring, family outreach and engagement, social work, financial aid counseling and more.
CNYCentral has also learned 55 students who participate in the Hillside Work Scholarship program will be attending the Presidential event at Henninger High School. The program's executive director Wayne O'Connor says the students are thrilled for this opportunity to see the president.
Doors at Henninger open to the public at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Earlier this week, many people waiting in line overnight to get free tickets to see the President.