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State promotes combo program for high school, college courses

Posted August 6, 2008

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— Gov. Mike Easley met with state school board members and superintendents from across the state Wednesday to tout the state's Learn and Earn program.

The program allows students to get a jump start on college and to earn a high school diploma and associate's degree in five years of study.

The meeting Wednesday is the first step in an effort to boost awareness of the program among students and parents. The state has created a Web site for Learn and Earn, will run ads on television and online and will provide a video about the program to guidance counselors.

Learn and Earn students can take free courses at 60 colleges across the state, earning both high school and college credit.

The program is funded by a grant, which will allow up to 25,000 students to participate.

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  • seidenberg Aug 7, 2008

    The program is an excellent idea except for on fatal flaw. The problem is the law pass a few years ago, and signed by Gov. Easley that requires K-12 schools to open no earlier than Aug 25 and end around June 10th. College calendars typically don't sync with these dates. Kids would have to go to class well before their peers, and at the end of the year they would have a large block of time in which to get into trouble. Before I'm called out on this, a job or volunteering probably is not an option because lots of times they still need to go back to the high school for regular classes, disrupting shift times. I won't even get into the issues cause by grading schedules. The simplest solution is to give schools local control over their schedules, but the vacation lobby has that tied up tighter than a tick, so maybe we can pass the same law for community colleges.
    Lester