EARLY COLLEGE GRANT AWARDED TO
HCC, AREA SCHOOLS
Agreement signed to create new school
|School superintendents signed an
agreement Sept. 6 at HCC to create an Early College High
School on the campus, benefiting area students. In
attendance were, front row from left, Northampton County
Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathi Gibson and Halifax
County Schools Superintendent Geraldine Middleton; back
row, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District
Superintendent Dennis Sawyer, HCC President Dr. Ervin V.
Griffin, Sr. and Weldon City Schools Superintendent Dr.
Eli Bracy III.
Halifax Community College (HCC) and the Roanoke
Valley Business Education Partnership in collaboration with Halifax
County Schools, Northampton County Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded
School District, and Weldon City Schools were recently awarded a
$40,000 grant to develop plans for the creation of an Early College
High School Program. Superintendents from the school systems came
together on Sept. 6 to sign the agreement at HCC. This marked the
first time that all four school districts have come together for
such a project.
Plans are to open the Early College High School program in 2008-2009
on HCC's campus. It will be established as a rigorous four- to
five-year program that will ensure that all of its students complete
an associate's degree or are prepared to successfully complete a
bachelor's degree with graduation from high school.
Since four out of every 10 high school students do not graduate and
fewer than half of students who go to college complete a two- or
four-year degree within six years, the Early College High School
Program is needed. Efforts are designed to raise the high school
graduation rate and to create new schools that help all students
graduate as strong citizens ready for college and work. Research
shows that students entering the workforce will need the same level
of academic rigor as students planning to go to college.
Early College High Schools ensure that all students remain in school
and are college ready and that schools are accountable for student
achievement. They serve as an effective bridge between the high
school and institutions of higher learning to improve graduation
rates and to increase the number of underserved youth who will
graduate with a high school diploma and two years of transferable
credit or an associate's degree.
Students will be selected through an open application process from
the four school districts. A committee of representatives will
manage the selection process.
The college preparatory program will be grounded in literacy
immersion, project based learning, and real-world performance
assessments. Students will be engaged in using the history, economy,
and natural scientific arena of the community as a learning
Learn and Earn Early College High Schools are supported by the NC
New Schools Project and are members of a state-wide effort under the
guidelines and support of the NC Department of Public Instruction
and other NC New Schools Project partners. Governor Mike Easley
launched the Learn and Earn Early College High School Initiative in
September 2004. All high school reform operates under the umbrella
of the NC 21st Century High School Initiative.