The first cohort of Halifax County Early College High School graduated Saturday.
Five students earned their Associate of Arts Degree from Halifax Community College.
“It is wonderful to see the students achieve their goals,” said Superintendent Eric Cunningham. “Their commitment has resulted in a 100 percent high school graduation rate for the first cohort of Halifax County Early College students, and I am so proud of their accomplishments”.
Halifax County Early College High School is a free, educational program that makes it possible for first-generation college students to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree within five years of entering ninth grade.
This will place them at least two years ahead of traditional high school students and save them and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
The high school commencement will be at 9 a.m. on May 31 at the Griffin Centre on the campus of HCC.
“Halifax County Early College students have had impressive successes with the number of college acceptance letters received, which speaks volumes about the early college,” the school system said. “All graduates have been accepted into a four-year university, and many have received scholarships.”
The following scholars earned their Associate of Arts Degree: Zaniya Battle, Myzel Staton, Jaliyah Hill, Marquees Richardson, and D’Montae Hedgepeth.
The Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium has partnered with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to provide rigorous courses for its students.
The consortium met earlier this month.
The consortium is made up of six small, rural, and economically challenged public school districts in northeastern North Carolina. It includes Halifax, Bertie, Hertford, Weldon, Northampton, and Warren.
The schools have come together on behalf of the children and families they serve. Its purpose is to utilize and maximize its energy, expertise, passion, and resources to achieve its mission.
Cunningham, who serves as president of the consortium, said, "In Northeastern North Carolina, partnerships are essential to creating a supportive and positive learning environment to address the needs of the whole student." NCSSM works hand-in-hand with schools across North Carolina, partnering to meet the needs of local education agencies and individual students with courses and other support. "All six school districts of the RRVEC are committed to their students' success,” said Jamie Lathan, vice chancellor for extended learning for the NCSSM. “I am excited for NCSSM to learn with and learn from the educational leaders and the students of RRVEC to provide academically rigorous courses and experiences through distance education courses and summer programs."
Bertie County Schools Superintendent Otis Smallwood said, “One of the major things that the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has done for the students of Bertie County is exposing them to a more rigorous curriculum that we cannot offer due to budget restrictions and access to teachers of the content. It has helped us expose our kids and maximize our resources to provide the students with what they need.”
Hertford County Schools Superintendent William Wright said, "The Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium is excited to partner with the NCSSM. There are already a couple of districts in the area that are taking advantage of it.”
Wright said, “We believe that expanding will give our students more opportunities. In Hertford County, we use the motto, All in For Learning. We see that as another partner with some skin in the game to help our students get what they need to be successful. I am excited about this partnership."