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August 2007

UNCG launches online Early College program

North Carolina's high school juniors and seniors can now get a no-cost jump start on college through UNCG's iSchool Virtual Early College. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction will pay for tuition and textbooks.

The program, administered under UNCG's Division of Continual Learning, is part of the Learn & Earn Online initiative championed by Governor Mike Easley and funded by the N.C. General Assembly. Qualified students, regardless of their family income, can take online UNCG courses and receive both high school and college credit.

The courses are available to students at participating public high schools for the 2007-08 academic year. A school must have computers and internet access available for the students who enroll.

Skilled UNCG instructors will teach online as part of the regular student workday. Students will receive a university transcript and will be eligible to transfer credit-hours earned to the college or university of their choice.

“Studies show that a challenging high school curriculum is the single greatest indicator of whether a student will succeed at college and complete a degree,” said Robert Brown, dean of the Division of Continual Learning. “Thanks to the N.C. General Assembly, Governor Mike Easley and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, students across the state now will have ready access to challenging new courses — regardless of where they live or their family income. We hope to help them make a seamless transition from high school to college and provide the skills they need to compete successfully in today's 21st century workforce.”

Students can choose from a wide range of general education courses in the subjects most students take during their first two years of college — from math and science to philosophy and history.

Though public funding for the iSchool Virtual Early College is new, UNCG has a longstanding track record of delivering nationally accredited university courses in high schools. Over the past decade, the institution has helped thousands of high school juniors and seniors across the state earn tens of thousands of hours of college credit.

UNCG also is a leader in online instruction and offers rich, interactive content designed to keep students engaged while they learn. Both the U.S. and N.C. Distance Learning Associations have recognized the university for the quality of its online instruction.

An interactive online course catalog for the iSchool Virtual Early College is available at http://ischool.uncg.edu, along with a demonstration of UNCG's award-winning online courses.

For more information on the iSchool Virtual Early College and instructions on how to enroll, email the Division of Continual Learning at askdcl@uncg.edu, or phone (336) 256-2255 or toll free at (866) 334-2255.

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