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Cumberland's Early College High School program experiencing rapid growth

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cumberland County College, in partnership with the George Washington Carver Education Foundation, opened the first Carver Early College High School cohort on its campus in 2017 with 50 students from Bridgeton High School.

One year later, more than 1,000 students in Cumberland and Atlantic counties will benefit from the Early College High School initiative with programs in Bridgeton High School, Vineland High School, Cumberland Regional High School, Cumberland County Technical Education Center, Millville High School, and Buena Regional High School.

Thanks to a national initiative originally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002, students throughout the area have been provided with a pathway to a brighter future by being able to earn their high school diploma and up to 60 college credits simultaneously.

“Students of various academic and social backgrounds now have the opportunity to pursue educational and career fields in such areas as health sciences, computer science/cybersecurity, engineering technology and more with the necessary student support services that will assist them in achieving success in high school, college and beyond,” said Jerome Taylor, Ed.D., Executive Director, GW Carver Education Foundation.

The Early College High School participants benefit from counseling and “wraparound” support services that many first-generation college students need in order to be successful. During an introductory college success seminar, students learn about web-based functions, college text analysis, note-taking and time management, among various skills. Other support services are being implemented to increase student achievement and post-secondary attainment.

“This program opens the door for high school students by providing a holistic approach to innovation that addresses the shifting paradigms and demands of higher education,” said James Piccone, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Cumberland County College.

For more information about Cumberland County College’s Early College High School program, contact Dr. Jerome Taylor at [email protected] or call 856-691-8600, ext. 1590.