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State promotes combo program for high school, college courses

Posted August 6, 2008 5:33 p.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2008 9:26 p.m. EDT

— 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.