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Early College is part of the “Learn & Earn” initiative launched by Governor Mike Easely in 2004. It provides the opportunity for students in grades 9 – 12 to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year degree or two years of transferrable credit in four or five years, tuition free. It is designed to attract students who are often under-represented in college: minorities, students from low-income families and those whose parents never attended college. Students in the early college gain the kind of advanced skills increasingly demanded in the workplace of the twenty-first century.

Early College provides the opportunity for students in grades 9 – 12 to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year degree or two years of transferrable credit in four or five years, tuition free

Any eighth grade student can apply to the early college; however, those who are under-represented, those who need financial assistance to attend college and those who are first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on a consistent set of criteria set by the state of NC and the local selection committee. Eligible students will display an eagerness to accept rigorous coursework, enthusiasm for new and different approaches to learning, the ability to form and grow productive relationships with teachers, other students and the community, and leadership ability or potential.

Instead of attending a regular high school, students take all high school and college courses on one of the RCCC campuses. Applications for this program are available at your local middle school, and we encourage you to speak with your guidance counselor about this opportunity.

News

Posted on
08/17/2017
As last year was winding down a long-term project was coming to a successful conclusion. Rowan-County Early College students had often asked about having a Spirit Rock like other high schools, middle schools and even some elementary schools in Rowan county have on their campus.Thanks to the work done by the 2016-2017 RCEC Student Government Association and last year's president Nate Brink the...
Posted on
08/01/2017
You can help earn money for RCEC by using your VIC Card from Harris Teeter as part of their Together in Education program. Simply link your card to our School Code 1628 and help us by doing something you are already doing. There is no limit to how much our school can earn.You can link your card in store or manually at the link below using 1628 as our TIE Link Code:Together In EducationThanks for...
Posted on
07/31/2017
RCEC students will be issued new laptops this year. Before students can take laptops home they and their parent/ guardian must complete three specific activities.1. Attend a session or view the 1:1 Laptop Presentation online.2. Sign the Responsible Use Policy and Social Media Policy.3. Submit either online or at the school a $40 Laptop Usage Fee.This can be completed at the Rowan-Salisbury...
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