Clement graduates have a head start on college

Posted May 18, 2008

— Sixty high-school students graduated Saturday as part of the first class to complete the state's Learn and Earn program, which let them earn college credit.

Along with their diplomas, the students at Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School received an associates degree or two years of college credits.

As many as 40 of the graduates will go onto North Carolina Central University, where state grants will cover their tuition costs.

Clement opened in 2005 as a pilot site for the Learn and Earn program. Its students are able to take college-level courses at NCCU while still in high school.

Gov. Mike Easley established the Learn and Earn program in 2004 as a way to encourage students to finish high school and pursue careers in math, science and technology.

Learn and Earn graduates are eligible for Earn grants, which pay their college tuition up to $8,000 for two years.


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  • CestLaVie May 19, 2008

    I read about this school the other day & think it's a great idea. I'm sure they are proud, as well as their family and friends.

    It is good to read something positive about education, instead of all the drop-out garbage. And it is garbage to drop out of high school; that's the minimum amount of education one needs today.

  • tooblessed May 19, 2008

    Great things are happening in Durham, Why do we comment on the negative but not the positive?

  • tooblessed May 19, 2008

    Its funny how the positive things happening in Durham doesn't get any or few comments. Let you know what people deem as newsworthy.

  • tooblessed May 19, 2008

    This is great, one of the graduates is a member of my church and will be going to UNC-G as a 2nd semester sophomore. Congrat, I understand it is a lot of work involved.