Rowan County Early College Class of 2021
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 transferable credit in four 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.
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.
Vision: Rowan County Early College students will graduate as lifelong learners who will make valuable contributions to society. Through the collaboration of school, home and community, every graduate will be well prepared for the demands of the 21st century.
Mission Statement: The mission of Rowan County Early College is to provide a smaller academic environment that is student-centered and meets the needs of students through rigor, relevance, and meaningful relationships.