Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) will hold an information session for parents and students interested in learning more about the early college and applying for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. The meeting will be on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. in Building S, Room 100 at Piedmont Community College. Convenient parking is available in lot 3, near Building S.

A collaborative effort between Person County Schools and Piedmont Community College that provides a seamless transition from high school to college and/or career, Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership will welcome its second class of ninth graders in fall 2017. Monday’s information session is open to all students, regardless of current school location. Any eighth grade student who resides in Person County may apply for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

Parent and Student Comments about PECIL
“PECIL is a tremendous school that allows students to create better relationships with teachers and students, making the environment feel more welcoming and accepting.”
Tori Reed, student

“To me, attending the early college has meant that I am not afraid of doing something different. [It has also] meant stronger relationships with teachers.”
Sean Reaves, student

“Attending the early college means a lot to me. PECIL gives me more insight of what a college is like, it pushes me to try harder to earn what I strive for, and it encourages me to take advantage of what opportunities I have been given.”
Gloria AleBeltran, student

“Through PECIL I have been able to have more one on one time with my teachers. I have also been more open with others and because there are not that many people at the school, I have good connections with all of them.”
Caitlin Stanton, student

“There is not a day or week that Jourdyn doesn’t come home excited. Excitement and school just never was the word at [his previous school]. So going from boring to exciting makes all the difference in the world to me. This school makes a difference.”
Tammy L Williams, parent

“Aubrey really enjoys the Early College because she has more one on one time with the teachers. As a family we feel so fortunate that she was chosen for this opportunity to not only get high school courses but get a jump start on college. This has been the best educational experience for all of us. We love all the staff at the Early College. Everyone has been so great to work with. We would recommend any student that is looking to get a jump start on their education to join the wonderful program!”
Dawn Ray, parent

“My son’s and our family experience of PECIL has been outstanding. He looks forward to school [and] not many parents can say that… I absolutely love the class size and student teacher ratio.”
Erica Chambers, parent

PECIL is a small learning community where administration, staff, and students know each other and learn in a cohort of 20-25 students per class. The Mission of the school is “to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students in programs for Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, and Transfer (HATT), so that they may graduate as service-oriented leaders prepared to enter college and to compete globally in STEM-related careers.”

Offering a unique learning experience with a curricular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), PECIL offers pathways that provide comprehensive instruction allowing students a variety of avenues for learning critically and creatively. For example, all courses incorporate project-based and linked learning. As a result there are opportunities for mentorships with community business partners, field trips to businesses and colleges, and service learning projects (local, regional, national, and international).

Leadership is also encouraged through service learning, student council, competitive events, student led conferences, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and a character/leadership curriculum.

Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year; the application deadline is February 1. To complete an online application, visit and select “Apply Now”.

Photo: Represents available pathways at Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership

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