Associate degrees

First HC Early College Students Earn Associate’s Degrees

The first cohort of Halifax County Early College High School graduated on Saturday.

Five students graduated from Halifax Community College with Associate of Arts degrees.

“It’s wonderful to see the students achieve their goals,” Superintendent Eric Cunningham said. “Their commitment has resulted in a 100% graduation rate for the first cohort of students at Halifax County Early College, and I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

Halifax County Early College High School is a free educational program that allows first-generation students to earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree within five years of entering ninth grade.

This will put them at least two years ahead of traditional high schoolers and save them and their families thousands of dollars in tuition.

The high school start will be at 9 a.m. on May 31 at the Griffin Center on the HCC campus.

“Students at Halifax County Early College have had impressive success with the number of acceptance letters received, which speaks volumes about early college,” the school system said. “All graduates were accepted into a four-year university, and many received scholarships.”

The following scholars have earned their Associate of Arts degrees: Zaniya Battle, Myzel Staton, Jaliyah Hill, Marquees Richardson, and D’Montae Hedgepeth.


The Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium has partnered with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to provide rigorous coursework for its students.

The consortium met earlier this month.

The consortium is made up of six small, rural and economically disadvantaged public school districts in northeastern North Carolina. It includes Halifax, Bertie, Hertford, Weldon, Northampton and Warren.

Schools have come together on behalf of the children and families they serve. Its goal is to use and maximize its energy, expertise, passion and resources to achieve its mission.

Cunningham, who is president of the consortium, said, “In northeastern NC, partnerships are key to creating a supportive and positive learning environment to meet the needs of the whole student. NCSSM works hand-in-hand with schools across North Carolina, partnering to meet the needs of local educational agencies and individual students with tuition and other supports. “The six RRVEC school districts are committed to the success of their students,” said Jamie Lathan, NCSSM Vice Chancellor for Extended Learning. “I am thrilled that NCSSM is learning with the academic leaders and students of RRVEC to provide academically rigorous instruction and experiences through distance learning and summer programs.”

Bertie County Schools Superintendent Otis Smallwood said, “One of the major things the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has done for Bertie County students is expose them to a more rigorous curriculum than we cannot offer due to budget restrictions and access to content teachers. This has helped us expose our children and maximize our resources to provide students with what they need. »

Hertford County Schools Superintendent William Wright said, The Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium is delighted to partner with NCSSM. There are already a few districts in the region that are taking advantage of this.

Wright said: “We believe the expansion will provide more opportunities for our students. In Hertford County, we use the motto All in For Learning. We see this as another partner with some skin in the game to help our students get what they need to succeed. I am delighted with this partnership.”