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Easley to expand N.C. college-access program

Posted February 25, 2009

— Former Gov. Mike Easley has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand North Carolina’s Learn and Earn college-access program to other states.

The Learn and Earn initiative includes 60 Learn and Earn high schools that allow students to earn college credits, free online college credit courses for high school students from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Community College systems and the EARN scholars program, which provides eligible students the opportunity to attend college debt-free.

The program was recognized nationally by the Harvard University Innovations in American Government awards.

Easley will support the Gates Foundation’s state education strategies and plans for educational innovation. The foundation has a goal of doubling the number of students completing college to guarantee America’s success in the world economy. He also plans to consult on state efforts in pre-kindergarten education.

Easley’s partnership with the Gates Foundation resulted in the creation of over 100 new early college and redesigned high schools across North Carolina during Easley’s two terms as governor.


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  • Raleigh Boys Feb 26, 2009

    I still believe he needs to refund the tax payers for the $60.00 burger in Europe. Can we say "hammmbuuuger?" - Steve Martin.

  • grayboomerang Feb 25, 2009

    Boys and Girls....today our lecture in on "The perfect way to scam dollars from taxpayers" I'm going to now pass out .99 cheeseburgers and teach you how to write them off as a business expense at 60.00 each

  • time4real Feb 25, 2009

    didn't we get rid of this guy? Yet?!!

  • ncguy71 Feb 25, 2009

    Go away and stay away!!

  • aspenstreet1717 Feb 25, 2009

    he's baaaack!!!!

  • iron fist Feb 25, 2009

    He could use some of that money the state is paying his wife that would help the access program, then go away

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 25, 2009

    I wish he would just go away!