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North Carolina has around 70 high schools that allow students to join a five year, fast-track program in which they may earn their high school diploma and up to two years of college credit — completely free.
In an article in the New York Times by Tamar Lewin, Sandhills Community College president Rick Dempsey says
In 27 years as a college president, this is just about the most exciting thing I’ve been involved in. We picked these kids out of the eighth grade, kids who were academically representative at a school with very low performance. We didn’t cherry-pick them. Their performance has been so startling that you see what high expectations can do.
The goal is to keep at-risk students in school by eliminating the divide between high school and college. Students selected are also from homes where the parents did not attend college.
Read Lewin’s article at http://tinyurl.com/yawunyo.
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