Students who struggle to finish high school but have potential for more will benefit, as an early college high school opens for student needing support.
The alternative to high school will be offered for the first time in Mississippi in partnership with the East Mississippi Community College.
The new program will open next year, and is modeled after the Golden Triangle Early College High School in North Carolina. The new school will enable students to earn both their high school diploma and an associates degree from EMCC all at the same time. Or they can get certified in a technical field, with a credential that is recognized nationally.
The high school will be located on the EMCC Mayhew Campus and will inclujde 50 rising freshmen from five nearby school districts. These students will complete and application and interview. Fifty more will be added the next year.
During the first two years, students will focus on the high school level courses, and transition to college level courses during the last two years. In this way they will earn dual credits toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.