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Cumberland hosts inauguration ceremony for Carver Early College High School Program

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Cumberland County College’s student body increased on July 10 when 9th graders from Bridgeton High School were celebrated as the first participants in the Carver Early College High School Program of Bridgeton. The prestigious program is the first of its kind in Cumberland County and will offer pathways to college and career readiness for students.

The 50 Bridgeton students, who were chosen by a lottery, will attend high school on the Cumberland County College campus, starting with the Fall 2017 semester. The students are being given the opportunity to earn an associate degree while also earning the required amount of credits to obtain their high school diplomas by the end of 12th grade.

“You are pioneers,” Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly told the students. “You will do what no one has ever done in Cumberland County before.”

Students in this pilot program can pursue their associate degree in either Computer Science/Information Technology, Network Management/Cyber Security, Health Sciences (Nursing or Biomedical tracks), or Business Management/Entrepreneurship. The college-level courses will be taught by college qualified instructors, using Cumberland County College’s required textbooks and curriculum.

“We’re thrilled to kick off the Early High School initiative with Bridgeton,” said Cumberland County College President Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “We will eventually partner with all of the high schools in Cumberland County to provide students a jumpstart on their college career.”

The Early College High School model is a national initiative supported by Jobs for the Future, which is working closely with the GW Carver Education Foundation, Bridgeton Public Schools and Cumberland County College to make early college attainment a reality.

“Early college programs open the door to higher education for high school students. This approach blends high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program,” added Dr. James Piccone, Acting Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Cumberland County College. “The opportunity saves money and shortens the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.”

Armed with an associate degree upon graduating from high school, students in the Carver Early College High School Program of Bridgeton will be immediately marketable and employable.

Mayor Kelly distributed a red “Class of 2021” wristband to each student, telling them to be sure to raise their arm whenever they meet, so he will recognize them as a member of this special group.

“The Carver Early College High School Program will be a game changer for our students by providing a legacy of opportunities for families in Bridgeton for generations to come,” said Dr. Thomasina Jones, Superintendent of Bridgeton Public Schools.