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Keeping the Faith: RVEC becomes a reality

Weldon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Eli Bracy III signed an agreement with Halifax Community College (HCC) President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. on Aug. 6, making the dream of creating the Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) on the HCC campus a reality.

 

In 2007, HCC and the Roanoke Valley Business Education Partnership in collaboration with local school districts were awarded a grant to develop plans for the creation of an Early College high school program. All that planning has finally become a reality as the RVEC will start classes soon at HCC. A ribbon-cutting will be held to kick off the school’s opening at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10, in Building 600. The event is free and open to the public.

 

The RVEC is a five- to six-year program. Seventh and eighth grade students will matriculate through a rigorous curriculum and have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an associate’s degree and/or two years of transferable credits to a four-year college or university.

 

“We are charged and ready to go,” said RVEC Principal Monica Smith-Woofter. “We welcome community support, whether it’s financial or donated items.” Sixty-eight students have been selected through an open application process to attend the school this year.

 

Early College High Schools ensure that all students remain in school and are college ready and that schools are accountable for student achievement. They serve as an effective bridge between the high school and institutions of higher learning to improve graduation rates and to increase the number of underserved youth who will graduate with a high school diploma and two years of transferable credit or an associate’s degree.

 

Learn and Earn Early College High Schools are supported by the NC New Schools Project and are members of a state-wide effort under the guidelines and support of the NC Department of Public Instruction and other NC New Schools Project partners. Former Governor Mike Easley launched the Learn and Earn Early College High School Initiative in September 2004. All high school reform operates under the umbrella of the NC 21st Century High School Initiative.

Weldon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Eli Bracy III, right, signed an agreement with Halifax Community College (HCC) President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., left, on Aug. 6, making the dream of the Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) a reality. A ribbon-cutting is slated for 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 and is open to the public. Also present was HCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Erica Holmes, back left, and RVEC Principal Monica Smith-Woofter.