Person Early College information session open to everyone on February 8 at PCC

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Piedmont Community College will host an information session about the Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held on the Person County Campus in Building S-100.

Person Early College, a collaborative effort between Person County Schools and Piedmont Community College, will open in fall 2016 and serve 50 incoming ninth graders from all over the county. Monday’s information session is open to all students, regardless of current school location.

“Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) provides underserved students with exposure to, and support in, college while they are in high school. There are several benefits for students who attend an Early College High School,” shares Dr. Joyce Johnson, vice president of curriculum and student development at PCC. “According to the American Institutes for Research, Early College students are significantly more likely than comparison students to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and earn a college degree."

 Images of students in various pathways

With a focus on offering more than a classroom experience, students enrolled in Person Early College will have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an associate’s degree in five years. In addition, students will encounter unique educational experiences through mentorships with community business partners, field trips to businesses and four-year institutions, and service leadership initiatives.
College pathways offered through Person Early College include: transfer program, advanced manufacturing, technology, and health science.

 Current industry and educational partners include: CertainTeed, Duke Energy, P&A Fabrications, Inc., Person Memorial Hospital, and Shaw University.

“A motivated student who attends PECIL can complete up to two full years of college level classes before they even leave high school. Imagine the advantage of entering the workplace at 18 with an Associate’s degree,” continues Johnson. “If a student enrolled in PECIL wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree, he or she is already half way there upon graduation without spending a cent.”

Applications for the Person Early College are due on Friday, February 12. The online application is available in English and Spanish at