Clement graduates have a head start on college

Posted May 18, 2008 2:22 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2008 4:13 p.m. EDT

— 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.