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CEC Students Early Colleges Host Fall Open House

By: Jennifer Wagner, Director of Public Relations & Communications

It is always exciting to open the doors of a school and invite special guests in to learn more about the dynamics, culture, and climate that make a school so engaging for students, their parents, and the staff.  This fall the Early College High Schools are sharing their story to potential students by hosting an open house for 8th-grade students and their parents.

Early College EAST (ECE) invited all of the 8th-grade students and their parents from the feeder middle schools to their campus in Havelock on Tuesday, November 5th. This allowed families to learn more about the school and have a chance to tour the campus while meeting current students and staff.  Most are probably unaware that the EAST for this Early College stands for Eastern Applied Sciences and Technology (EAST) and this school is a proud partner with Craven Community College and NAV Air aboard Cherry Point Marine Air Station offering a unique educational experience, merging real-time project-based learning and technology. Students who attend this five-year program have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree.

Craven Early College (CEC), housed on the main campus on Craven Community College in New Bern, will offer their Open House event on Thursday, November 7th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 8th-grade students and their families are encouraged to attend either event since both schools offer a different learning environment, and it is important to find the best fit for your child. CEC proudly utilizes design principles, curriculum instructional practices, research-based and evidence-based practices to maximize the learning growth for all students. 

The Early College experience is perfect for the student who thrives in a smaller setting, enjoys being academically challenged and does not necessarily want to participate in traditional high school extra-curricular activities such as band and/or athletics. Both of these schools follow an academic calendar closely aligned with colleges and universities, which is ideal for student learning since the first semester is completed prior to the holidays, allowing students to showcase what they have learned without having to come back after a long break to relearn material. Another benefit to this calendar is students start early in August and the school year is completed by the end of May with a fall break in October.

Both of our Early College High Schools are proud to share they have earned a letter grade of an ‘A’ through the performance indicators established for high school on the North Carolina School Report Card.  The Early College High Schools are open to all current 8th graders who are interested in applying. All applications submitted are reviewed by The SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro and students are selected through a lottery system. CEC and ECE will welcome 50 new freshmen at each campus in the fall of 2020.  For more information, please contact your child’s school counselor to learn more.