May 22, 2013 - Four Triangle business leaders have joined the board of directors of North Carolina New Schools, a public-private partnership that promotes education innovation aimed at developing the highly skilled workforce that North Carolina needs to thrive in the 21st century. The new members are filling newly created seats on the 15-member board, which is led by Chairman Bob Greczyn, CEO Emeritus of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The new members are: Ed Auslander, president and CEO, LORD Corporation; David Pulman, former president of global manufacturing and supply, GlaxoSmithKline; Richard Stevens, counsel, Smith Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan; and Matt West, founder and CEO, Intangibles.Read More
May 22, 2013 - Saturday's rain showers didn't dampen the spirits of students graduating from the Richmond Early College High School program this weekend. Many years of hard work were paid off as 58 graduates gathered at Cole Auditorium in Hamlet on May 18 to mark their achievements in an emotional commencement ceremony.Read More
In addition to receiving a high school diploma, 55 of the 58 students left the Early College with associates' degrees. Richmond Early College partners with NC New Schools.
May 20, 2013 - The second official Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH) graduation ceremony at St. Andrews University saw 39 students receive diplomas. SEarCH is a partner with NC New SchoolsRead More
In addition to a high school diploma, 20 of the graduates, left the program Saturday with a two-year associate's degree from Richmond Community College to show for their five years of study. All students graduated with some level of college credit, and many are expected to finish their associate's degrees later this year at RCC.
"There are some very happy people on graduation day," said Joe Critcher, SEarCH principal. "It is a huge accomplishment, as they're doing six years of education in five - we had three people do it in four this year. It's a great feeling to watch them when they get here and they're full of energy. Then you see them start to struggle a little bit when they start college classes because even the smartest kids have to study."
May 18, 2013 - Local high school graduation season kicked off with the commencement ceremony for the Challenger Early College High School Class of 2013 at the Catawba Valley Community College Tarlton Complex on Saturday morning.Read More
"It's overwhelming," said graduate Kassie Smart after the ceremony. "It seems kind of surreal. It hasn't really hit me yet."
David Velazquez graduated summa cum laude and delivered an address to the graduates. His remarks were filled with humorous anecdotes and inside jokes that referred to shaved eyebrows, a broken wheelchair and an unusually large lower lip.
"Our journey through high school wasn't an easy one, but having teachers like you made life bearable," Velazquez said, looking toward the faculty assembled across the aisle from the graduates.
May 18, 2013 - Graduation is a milestone for any high school student, and any college student. Most members of the second graduating class of Rowan County Early College High School took the stage Friday having already graduated from college. Rowan-Salisbury School System Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom congratulated them on the many milestones they had achieved.Read More
Last Saturday, many of them received associate's degrees from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - the payoff for four years of accelerated college work. Cindy Misenheimer, principal, told the Post that 56 of the 61 graduates earned associate of arts or associate of science degrees. And she shared some remarkable numbers with parents and families during her address, statistics that show the breadth and depth of those students' accomplishments.
"Six are first in their families to graduate from high school," Misenheimer said.
The class of 2013 earned a total of 4,311 college credits - courses that would have cost them $297,459 to take, had they paid out of pocket instead of taking them as part of the curriculum.
And, Misenheimer said, as of Friday, members of the class had been awarded $515,600 in scholarships so far.
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May 18, 2013 - With two chairs, a chalkboard, pizza and a metal trashcan lid, 18-year-old Brittany Devasure created a video warning teens of the dangers of distracted driving. As the winner in the high school senior category for the Hunter Garner scholarship, Devasure earned a $5,000 scholarship from Project Yellow Light.Read More
"I wasn't expecting to win," said Devasure, of Winston-Salem, who recently graduated from the Early College of Forsyth, an NC New Schools partner school. "I think that winning it made me realize that I can, I do, have that creative talent that I doubted for so long."
May 17, 2013 - See photos from the graduation ceremony for Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, a partner with NC New Schools. Click here for article about commencement speaker Irving Joyner, law professor at N.C. Central University.Read More
May 17, 2013 - Caldwell Early College High School's class of 2013 boasts some knockout statistics.Read More
The school's third graduating class has a 98.6 percent graduation rate. Students earned 3,971 college credits and 49 associate's degrees. Fifteen were CCC&TI honor graduates. Even students who don't finish with an associate's degree leave with an armload of academic credits; this year's average was 60 per student.
You might think they're all straight-A students when they come in; high achievers who have been groomed for this kind of academic success their whole lives. That's not always the case.
"It's a common misconception that they're all high-flying when they come in," early college counselor Donna Doughty said in an interview this week. Instead, Doughty explained, candidates are carefully chosen so the student body represents Caldwell County. They vary on almost every indicator, from socio-economic status to geography to grades.
"The Caldwell Early College represents every part of our community - every walk of life," Caldwell Board of Education Chairman Darrell Pennell said at the early college's graduation on Friday.
This year, 70 percent of the early college students who earned associate's degrees were first-generation college graduates.
May 15, 2013 - Surry Early College High School of Design's Academic Awards Program celebration Tuesday morning highlighted the dedication of its students to improve the future for themselves and for the community.Read More
"The students you see before you have chosen to take on the challenge of being a high school student and a college student at 14 years of age," Hodges told the audience. "The college credit hours they earn will greatly improve their lives. We applaud you parents and the special group of 10 teachers and staff that make this happen."
May 14, 2013 - Friends and family gathered at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College to watch the 28 seniors of the Rutherford Early College High School (REaCH) class of 2013 walk across the stage during the commencement. REach is a partner of NC New Schools.Read More