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Pictured, from left, Antwan Garner, Halifax Community College (HCC) Associate Counselor and Career & College Promise Advisor Jennifer Jones and Tanner Miles
Oct. 8, 2015
Garner, Miles get a jumpstart on workplace and college prep, free tuition through HCC's Career & College Promise
WELDON, N.C. – Antwan Garner and Tanner Miles, Roanoke Rapids natives and seniors at Roanoke Rapids High School (RRHS), are enrolled in Halifax Community College's (HCC) Career & College Promise (CCP) program while attending high school. Through the program, qualified high-school-age students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue these options, tuition free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.

Garner discovered HCC's CCP program through high school announcements and emails. He realized that enrolling in the program and taking college courses for free would help him to get a head start in furthering his education. After consulting with his guidance counselor, he began the program in his junior year at RRHS. While he feels that his high school instructors prepared him well for the upper-level courses, he has found them more challenging than high school courses. "This isn't just a class that I can look over the notes and get it, I have to buckle down and study," Garner said.

He also serves as vice president of his high school DECA club, and feels that juggling high school, college and his DECA responsibilities has helped to prepare him for the time management issues he will face at a four-year institution and his future professional life. He plans to major in medicine, possibly becoming a physician's assistant or specializing in internal medicine.

Miles plans to attend medical school and, for him, the decision to enroll in the CCP program was easy when he realized he could complete the required college courses in less time and enter medical school two years earlier than if he went the traditional route.

While the program has been much like he expected, he enjoys the freedom and independence of college courses. "In high school," Garner said, "there's always someone looking over your shoulder. In college you are treated as an independent adult and everything is intended to help you grow and succeed." He plans to live on his own when he transfers to a four-year institution, and says the experience has prepared him to be responsible for keeping up his grades and handling his finances.

Both Garner and Miles plan to attend HCC for one semester after finishing the CCP program. Garner will use the semester to complete his associate's degree. Miles will enroll in the phlebotomy program to become a certified phlebotomist, which will boost his medical school application as well as afford part-time job opportunities while attending college.

Garner and Miles are recommending the program to their peers. Garner encourages students to have a good relationship and close communication with their guidance counselors so they can take advantage of good opportunities like CCP. "Some students look at it as they don't want to take college classes during their senior year," he said. "You have to look at it from a different perspective. Taking advantage of free classes, you have nothing to lose."

Miles commented, "When I have kids, I hope that the program is still around so my kids can do it too."
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Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239