Higher Education Partners

Deep collaboration with higher education is critical for ensuring that students graduate ready for postsecondary opportunities. From our 78 partner early college high schools to the comprehensive schools participating in the NC Investing in Rural Innovative Schools initiative, students benefit from these connections with partners ranging from leading research universities to rural community colleges.

At no cost to their families, high school students complete courses taught by college faculty and often attend classes alongside college students on the college campus. Students begin to see themselves as college-goers, maybe for the first time. And college faculty regularly report that the high school students in their courses perform as well as or better than their traditional college students.

The partnership benefits the colleges as well, serving as another connection to the broader community and, in some cases, as training ground in innovative teaching practices for college of education students. For example, student teachers from Appalachian State University have thrived at Caldwell Early College High School, according to Roma Angel, an assistant dean of the Reich School of Education at ASU.

Community Colleges

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Beaufort County Community College
Blue Ridge Community College
Brunswick Community College
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Cape Fear Community College
Catawba Valley Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Cleveland Community College
College of the Albemarle
Craven Community College
Davidson County Community College
Edgecombe Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Gaston College
Guilford Technical Community College
Halifax Community College
Haywood Community College
Isothermal Community College
James Sprunt Community College
Johnston Community College
Lenoir Community College
Martin Community College
Mayland Community College
McDowell Technical Community College
Mitchell Community College
Nash Community College
Pamlico Community College
Pitt Community College
Randolph Community College
Richmond Community College
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Robeson Community College
Rockingham Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Sampson Community College
Sandhills Community College
South Piedmont Community College
Southeastern Community College
Southwestern Community College
Stanly Community College
Surry Community College
Tri-County Community College
Vance Granville Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wayne Community College
Wilkes Community College
Wilson Community College

Colleges & Universities

Appalachian State University
Bennett College
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
NC A&T State University
NC Central University
NC State University
St. Andrew’s University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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